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Possible Last Baby Born at LICH

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A determined mother delivers what could be the last baby born at Long Island College Hospital.

Shakeema Cheek-Collins gave birth to a baby boy last Thursday, the day State University of New York Downstate officially gave up ownership of the hospital.

She says she wanted to have the baby at LICH because it's where she and her two other children were born.

She says despite her husband's protests, she made him drive to LICH.

When she got to the hospital there was only a skeleton staff.

Luckily, the OBGYN was still on the premises.

Doctors delivered her son at 8:52 p.m.

"Everyone was helping. Everyone was like, 'Could they take pictures of the miracle baby? The last born at LICH. Did you know we're closing?' And I was like, 'Well, at the last minute.' So they were like, 'So you knew we were closing and you came here anyway?' And I was like, 'Yeah.' And they were like, 'You're very lucky. This is, like, a miracle baby because no one, no staff would've been really here to help,'" Cheek-Collins said.

The baby was transferred to SUNY downstate for more tests before he's sent home.

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