So near, yet so far: Baby born in hospital parking garage

January 22, 2016

If you have to give birth in a parking garage, by all means make sure it’s the parking garage of a hospital at a time when nurses are arriving for their shifts.

Selis and Mustafa Tavsancil, of Edgewater, arrived at the parking garage of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital at Hackensack UMC at about 7 a.m. Thursday, intending to meet their obstetrician. Selis’ contractions had started hours ago.

They parked and began walking toward the elevators when Selis told her husband she couldn’t go on, Mustafa Tavsancil told hospital officials later. “She just stopped and said she was in too much pain,” he said. “She told me, ‘The baby is coming. I can feel his head.'”

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PHOTO: From left to right: Christine Zweil, RN, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital; Mustafa Tavsancil, father; Selis Tavsancil, mother; Aksel Onur Tavsancil; and Denise DeSalvo, RN, supervisor, Pediatric Operating Room (Hackensack University Medical Center)