From life-saver to godfather in less than one month. A Greenville, Georgia police officer formed a life-changing bond with a 2-month old girl after he saved her life.
The incident happened an hour after mother Kristen Parham fed her baby, Ma’Yavi.
“We were sitting outside, in my car, and all of a sudden she started gasping for air and white stuff was coming out of her nose and mouth,” she told Fox 5.
Ma’Yavi’s father attempted to save his daughter, but nothing prevailed.
Luckily, Officer Knox was able to get to the scene in a timely manner – as the baby was turning blue and barely hanging on.
Knox proceeded to attempt reverse CPR to Ma’Yavi immediately after arriving to the scene. He was able to suck out a piece of cereal that was lodged in her throat. This allowed Ma’Yavi to take a miraculous gasp of fresh air.
She smiled at the officer for a brief second, then started crying – a moment Knox describes as “music to his ears” according to his post on FaceBook.
He showcases his emotions in a Facebook post where he writes, “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.”
Thankful for his life-changing act, the family asked if Officer Knox would take the role of being Ma’Yavi’s godfather, which he accepted with honor.
“I know he is a great person and my baby will love him,” Parham told FOX 5. “Every time she sees him, she gives him a big smile.”
Knox went back on FaceBook to express his deep love and compassion for baby Ma’Yavi, who he refers to as “my angel”.
“It is my honor, privilege, and pleasure… I swear I will forever be your guardian and love you with all my heart. I will be there for your first day, when you graduate school, and college, and even what ever you want my little angel.”
Knox, who is running for Meriwether County Sheriff, has since then posted numerous statuses on social media showing off his new goddaughter.