Bodycam shows officer saving life of newborn baby


1 photo

This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Savannah police are crediting an officer with saving the life of a choking newborn baby by racing to her apartment and then using chest compressions to restart the infant's breathing.

Dramatic video from an officer's body-worn camera shows the infant's desperate mother, Tina Adkins, holding her unresponsive 29-day-old baby on Friday. Savannah-Chatham police Officer William Eng raced up three flights of stairs to perform CPR.

Eng finally saw Bella move, "and I heard a little cry," he told The Savannah Morning News .

"I stopped and I turned her to my face and saw her eyes open and she started moving," Eng said. "I was so relieved."

When Bella began choking, she turned beet red and also blue, her mother recalled in an interview with the Savannah newspaper.

"I just thank God for him," Adkins said of the officer. "Without him, she may not have been here today, so I thank God for him."

Eng did not hesitate to come to the family's aid, said his supervisor, Savannah-Chatham police Sgt. Phillip Collard.

"Because of his compassionate and quick response, he saved the life of this little girl," Collard said.

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Photos

The Associated Press

    SIGN UP FOR THE KSL.COM NEWSLETTER

    Catch up on the top news and features from KSL.com, sent weekly.
    By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to KSL.com's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

    KSL Weather Forecast