A Cop Performed Lifesaving CPR On A Newborn, And It’s All On Video

“Because of his compassionate and quick response, he saved the life of this little girl.”

Tina Adkins and month-old baby Bella and safe and sound this holiday season, thanks to the fast actions of Officer William Eng, a cop with the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department in Georgia. Eng performed lifesaving CPR on Bella, and the dramatic rescue was even captured Eng's bodycam.

When Bella choked and stopped breathing on December 1, one of Adkins's other children called 911, saying, "We need an ambulance! My mama's baby has stopped breathing!"

"She was turning blue," Adkins later told the Savannah Morning News. "I know CPR, but it just went blank. Everything went blank in that moment — I guess because it's my child."

Eng was the first officer on the scene, and he raced up three flights of stairs to find a frantic Adkins cradling her daughter. 

"Once you reach a scene, your heart rate is beating, your adrenaline is beating," Eng told local ABC affiliate WJCL. "Upon reaching there, family members were yelling from the third floor about a baby not breathing and not moving so basically her arms were a rag doll. I placed her in my right hand and started doing compressions with my left."

He administered CPR on the baby for about a minute before he finally heard a little cry and saw her move. "I stopped, and I turned her to my face and saw her eyes open, and she started moving," he told the Savannah Morning News. "I was so relieved."

Bella was taken to the hospital, the police department says in a press release, where a doctor said Eng's CPR saved her life. 

"Officer Eng did not hesitate to jump into action," Sergeant Phillip Collard, Eng's supervisor, said in the release. "Because of his compassionate and quick response, he saved the life of this little girl."

Police Chief Joseph Lumpkin also praised Eng in that press release, noting the officer's "exceedingly heartfelt, lifesaving performance."

Adkins reunited with Eng at the police headquarters on December 4, and Bella got her own Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department onesie. 

"I just thank God for him," Adkins said of Eng, per the Savannah Morning News. "Without him, she may not have been here today, so I thank God for him."

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