ATLANTA (FOX 5 Atlanta) - A family gave a Good Samaritan an incredible Christmas surprise for saving a 16-year-old's life: all their Christmas presents.
The generous gift left 30-year-old Cedric Johnson, who works at a local McDonald's, speechless and in tears.
"What do you do for someone for saving a person's life?" said Tamira Mann, mother of 16-year-old Kamoni.
"Thank you so much," said the overwhelmed father to the whole family.
"He is very loved. I appreciate him a lot," Kamoni said.
During the early morning hours of Oct. 6, the teenager was among the people at the crowds at Waffle House off Fulton Industrial Boulevard. People came from the Westlake High School football game celebrating the homecoming weekend.
South Fulton Police said a fight broke out, spilled outside and shots were fired. Kamoni was one of two people struck. The teenager fled for help to the nearby McDonald's where Johnson happened to be working.
"I couldn't sit [there] and let somebody else's son die in my lap when I've got a son at home," Johnson said.
Family members said if Johnson had not applied pressure to the gunshot wounds and kept the teenager conscious, doctors told them the outcome would have been worse.
After several surgeries and 18 days in the hospital, Kamoni was released and is well on the road to full recovery.
The family decided to forego all presents to each other and gave the money they would have spent to Johnson.
Johnson works 16 hours a day to put food on the table.
"I am forever grateful for what he did," Mann said.