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TORONTO, May 17, 2006 (UPI via COMTEX) -- A woman went into labor and gave birth to a child on a Toronto sidewalk before being taken to hospital by paramedics who happened to be passing by.

The woman suffered contractions while walking with her husband Tuesday.

"Frantic" passersby flagged down paramedics, who found the baby already born, paramedic Jason Benaim told the Toronto Sun.

"We got there and the baby was on her mother's stomach without a blanket or anything," Benaim said. "She was purple and wasn't doing well."

No one had cut the umbilical cord, the newborn was hypothermic and needed to be resuscitated, the Sun reported.

After taking the newborn and the mother of five, accompanied by the father, to a hospital, all were doing well, officials said.

"Some women don't feel (their water break), especially after having several children," Benaim said.


Copyright 2006 by United Press International

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