Officer William Eng saved a 1-month-old baby's life in a harrowing incident captured on video

By Char Adams
December 08, 2017 02:31 PM

Officer William Eng raced up three flights of stairs in a Georgia apartment complex on Friday and found a desperate Tina Adkins holding her baby girl.

Little Bella was not breathing, so Eng took the newborn baby into his arms and began chest compressions for about a minute, according to the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department.

I heard a little cry,” Eng told The Savannah Morning News, according to CBS. “I stopped and I turned her to my face and saw her eyes open and started moving. I was so relieved.”

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

When Bella began choking, she turned red and then blue, her mother recalled.

“I really didn’t know what to expect. Looking at my child, when she started choking. Looking at her, she was turning beet red,” Adkins said. “She was turning blue. I know CPR, but it just went blank. Everything went blank in that moment — I guess because it’s my child.”

Footage of the incident showed Eng running up the stairs before a panicked Adkins’ placed the baby, wrapped in a pink blanket, into his arms.

The baby was taken to a local hospital where doctor’s said that without Eng’s actions, baby Bella would have died, police said.

“I just thank God for him,” Adkins told the newspaper. “Without him, she may not have been here today, so I thank God for him.”

Baby Saved
Credit: Will Peebles/Savannah Morning News /AP

Days later, Eng, Adkins and the baby reunited at a news conference where a relative of Adkins’ called Eng an “angel.”

The trio laughed and embraced as little Bella cooed, and Eng presented the family with a tiny, police-themed onesie for the little girl.

Video footage of the incident and reunion has been viewed on Facebook more than 100,000 times.