Mary Kim was born at Wellesley subway station one year ago.
But the scene at her first birthday party Saturday night was much different than the one involving her mother being carried from the TTC station after the high-profile emergency delivery.
Mary’s mom, Young-Hee Park, gave birth on the subway platform. It was a memorable moment not just for the family, but for many who followed the story across the city and of course those on the train that aided in the birth.
And on Saturday those friends and family gathered in celebration of the remarkable birth and the equally remarkable child it produced, though the event was also marked with a tinge of sadness.
Mary’s mother was diagnosed with cancer last year, and her father died three months after she was born.
“Today I’m thinking about my brother,” said Mary’s aunt Ruthe Yoon.
“So I’m a little bit sad.”
But there were still many at the event to celebrate, including former TTC chair Howard Moscoe.
“Mary was born on my watch at the TTC, so she’s almost part of my family too,” he said.
And Mary’s mother also found reason to smile in the middle of the bittersweet moment, when she took a good look at the girl everyone was there to see.
“Mary, she’s very healthy, and smile a lot, and a happy girl, so she’s very thankful,” Park said through an interpreter.
She added she hopes her daughter will grow up to be a pastor and said she is also extremely grateful for the outpouring of support from the community.
She’s now in remission after chemotherapy treatments last year.
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