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Local family reunited with police officer who saved their baby's life

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LAUREL, Md. (WJLA) - One-year-old Emma Knoll is still in the hospital.

One-year-old Emma Knoll had stopped breathing when Laurel Police Sgt. Donald Winstead gave her life-saving CPR. (Courtesy Photo)

She still needs surgery, but the doctors say she's going to make it.

For her father Chee Neh-Lum, that is nothing short of a miracle.

"I knew she had died," Neh-Lum said of the day his daughter stopped breathing.

By all accounts, the little girl did die Sunday morning in the family's home in Laurel, Md.

But this is the story a hero -- Laurel Police Sgt. Donald Winstead, who responded to a frantic 911 call.

That day, when Sgt. Winstead pulled up in front of the home, he was greeted with a gut-wrenching plea for help, as Emma's mother came tearing out the front door of the house, screaming, "My baby is dead. My baby is dead."

"I just immediately helped do compressions, as the aunt continued to give her breaths," Winstead recalls.

Emma's aunt, Adeline Foryoung, was praying the whole time she and the officer tended to the baby.

"I gave her another set of compressions and breaths, and...she took her first breath," Winstead said.

Just then, an ambulance arrived on the scene.

"So I scooped her up and took her to the ambulance and got her squared away there," the officer added.

Emma's family is speaking out today because, as she recovers from her respiratory illness, they want the sergeant and the entire community to know how grateful they are.

"That was the greatest relief I've ever had in my life," recalls Neh-Lum. "She is alive, and at one point I was just like, 'wow - thank God, thank the police officers.'"

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