When a Georgia police officer responded to a 911 call of a choking baby, he had no idea just how much the moment would change his life.
After Officer Kenneth Knox saved 2-month-old baby girl Ma’Yavi, her grateful parents asked him to be her godfather — an offer he gladly accepted.
"We’ve gotten really close," Officer Knox told InsideEdition.com. "I'm going to watch over her for the rest of her life because she’s in my heart now."
The little girl was blue and barely breathing when he arrived at the family’s Greenville home last week, according to her mom Meona Parham.
Parham said that when she fed the baby an hour earlier, the little girl had started choking on cereal in her milk, which her doctor recommended she have to help with her acid reflux.
"She started gasping for air and white stuff started coming out of her nose and mouth. Her dad jumped off the porch, grabbed her and we didn’t know what to do so we called 911,” Parham told InsideEdition.com. “Officer Knox was the first to arrive and he laid her on the couch.”
Moving quickly, Knox performed what he called “reverse” CPR, sucking the cereal out of Ma’Yavi’s throat.
“The dad was screaming saying ‘My baby!’ and that hit me hard,” said Knox. “She was dying. I’ve been trained in CPR but I thought that would push the cereal further down so I just sucked it out. It took me a couple of tries.”
Once it was out, Knox said little Ma’Yavi’s color came back immediately.
“She smiled for a second from ear to ear and then she started crying. It was music to my ears,” Knox told InsideEdition.com. “I have been a cop for 25 years but nothing has touched me like this.”
After the scare, Knox decided he would watch over Ma’Yavi for the rest of his life so he had no hesitation when Parham asked if he would like to be the child's godfather.
“I know now he will look out for her protect her … I mean he did save her life so there is not another man that would fit to be her godfather. He is amazing and their bond is amazing as well,” Parham said.
Parham sends Knox pictures and videos of baby Ma’Yavi every day
“Sometimes it keeps me up at night wondering what could have happened," the officer said. "The love of life that you have in your heart and in your soul is one thing but when you save a life that makes that come forward tenfold."