Georgia Policeman Becomes Baby's Godfather After Saving Her Life

Officer Kenneth Knox had no idea he'd be gaining a new family member when he responded to one terrifying emergency call.

Georgia Policeman Becomes Baby's Godfather After Saving Her Life
Kenneth Knox

Blood may be thicker than water, but family can sometimes be found in the least expected places. Officer Kenneth Knox of Greenville, Georgia is a prime example.

In September, Knox responded to a call from a family having a terrifying experience. Their 2-month-old baby girl, Ma'Yavi, was choking on her breakfast, unable to breathe properly. When Knox reached the Parham family's home, he said she was "turning blue and fading fast." With no time to call for backup, it was up to him to save the infant's life. The officer later recalled his life-saving procedure in a Facebook post.

"I would like to take the time to introduce everyone to miss Parham. she is a 2 month old beautiful baby girl," Knox wrote alongside a photo of himself holding Ma'Yavi. "Last night I was dispatched to a residence to a child choking, it was this beautiful little princess. she was turning blue and fading fast.. mom and dad tried cpr with no luck and when I arrived she was not breathing. the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY touched me and I knew what to do. I did reverse cpr and was able to suck the cereal out of her throat and she began breathing again. she smiled at me for a second and then starting crying which was music to my ears. 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. I am forever humbled and changed by this. little miss Parham will forever be a part of my life..."

It was reverse CPR, or CPR in the prone position, that saved the baby's life.

Originally reported by local news station WTVM, the story touched the hearts of over 60,000 Facebook users, who shared Knox's retelling of the events.

Georgia Policeman Becomes Baby's Godfather After Saving Her Life
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Afterward, Ma'Yavi's mother, Meona Parham, told WTVM that a pre-existing condition had contributed to her daughter's emergency.

"She has really bad acid reflux and the doctor recommended for me to put cereal & applesauce in her milk to thicken it up," she said.

"I had fed her an hour prior to her choking we were sitting outside in my car and all of a sudden she started gasping for air and white stuff was coming out her nose and mouth," Parham continued. "I called her dad, [and] he jumped off the porch grabbed her out my arms and started blowing in her face we both didn't know what to do so I called 911 and Officer Knox was first to arrive."

Roughly a week after his original post, Knox updated followers on baby Ma'Yavi's status, and much to the endearment of many, to his own new status as "godfather."

"I am so overwhelmed at the public outpouring and support. Ma'Yavi Parham is now my God daughter which blesses me as a person and a man. i am the one who was blessed with her being brought into my life," Knox wrote October 5. "she is a beautiful child and to know I will see her grow into a beautiful woman who can be what ever she wants. the likes, the shares , and the comments have humbled me beyond words. I have been contacted by people from many many different countries who have been so loving and caring to a point that I now this is how God created us to be..... thank you from the bottom of my heart to EVERY person who has shared and posted comments and messaged me. I will always keep each of you informed of her life. and to meona and jonterrious, you are wonderful parents and I say thank you with all of my heart for allowing me to forever be a part of her blessed life.... she has my heart and love and I will always watch over her.."

For more details on this heartwarming story, head over to WTVM.

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