MIAMI - Little Ana Veronica couldn't wait on rush hour traffic. So she was born Thursday afternoon in the backseat of a black Cadillac on the side of the Dolphin Expressway during rush hour in Miami.
"The baby was in a hurry to come out," Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Joe Sanchez told The Miami Herald.
Mother Ana Delia Bracho was visiting South Florida from Venezuela and wasn't due for another month. But she went into labor while traveling on the expressway around 5 p.m.
The driver of the car, Michael Domenico pulled onto an eastbound exit ramp and called 911. A Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Station 40 crew and Trooper Aliek Sierra rushed to the scene.
Sanchez said there was little the trooper could do but assist in the delivery. A relative cut the cord and the 5-pound, one-ounce baby and her mother were taken to South Miami Hospital, where officials say they are recovering.
Baby Ana Veronica is now an American citizen.
"Mother and family members are very grateful to all those who assisted," Sanchez said in a news release. "It's not every day we get to assist in delivering a baby on the Dolphin Expressway."
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