Family Thanks Police Officer Who Saved Their Baby’s Life With This Kind Gesture

A police officer from Georgia was just doing his job, responding to a 911 call. He didn't expect to save a newborn's life, and he certainly didn't expect to become her godfather after the experience.

Meona Parham called 911 in late September because her 2-month-old baby, Ma'Yavi, was "gasping for air and white stuff was coming out of her nose and mouth." Ma'Yavi had just been fed one hour earlier, but she wasn't swallowing the cereal and applesauce.

When Kenneth Knox arrived on the scene, he saw this little princess "turning blue and fading fast," according to his Facebook post. He then proceeded to perform reverse CPR, turning her over on her side and sucking the cereal out of the baby's mouth.

After a few seconds, Ma'Yavi started breathing again. Knox looked at her face, she smiled at him, then quickly started crying. Those tears, Knox said, were "music to my ears."

This moment will stay with Knox forever. "Out of my 25 years being a cop this is my greatest and most profound accomplishment and it made every second of those 25 years worth it all," he wrote. "I am forever humbled and changed by this."


The Parhams wanted to find a way to thank Knox for saving her baby. They asked Knox if he would be Ma'Yavi's godfather, and Knox gladly accepted. "It is my honor, privilege and pleasure," Knox said in response to being Ma'Yavi's godfather.

After sharing the story with WTVM, the story has been shared by thousands of people through Facebook. In response to the support, Knox was again grateful for the feedback and expressed his love for Ma'Yavi.

"I swear I will forever be your guardian and love you with all my heart," Knox said. "I will be there for your first day, when you graduate school AND COLLEGE, and even what ever you want my little angel."