Hackensack nurses help deliver baby boy — in the hospital parking garage

January 22, 2016

HACKENSACK — Selis Tavsancil froze two steps from the car in pain, gulping in lungfuls of the cold morning air in the underground parking garage. Her husband searched for the elevator, an exit.

But the baby couldn’t wait. Tavscancil could feel his head.

Luckily, the couple from Edgewater was at a hospital – just not quite in it — and a pair of nurses arriving to work sprang to their aid. Aksel Onur, weighing 6 pounds, 9 ounces, was born Thursday, two steps away from the Tavsancils’ grey Nissan Sentra.

On Friday afternoon, as the overjoyed parents prepared to leave Hackensack University Medical Center with their healthy newborn, they reflected on a frantic delivery full of improvisations, and counted their good fortune that two experienced nurses happened to be passing by.

“If they weren’t there, it’s going to be a sad story,” Mustafa Tavsancil said. “It will be a bad-ending story. But with their help, we live an unforgettable moment.”

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PHOTO: From left to right, registered nurses Denise De Salvo and Christine Zweil with mom Selis, baby Aksel, and dad Mustafa Tavsancil in their room at HackensackUMC Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. Photographed by Danielle Parhizkaran.