Canadian paramedic treats daughter in fatal car accident without recognizing her


Paramedic Jayme Erickson spent more than 20 minutes rescuing a critically injured accident victim. At the time, the Canadian paramedic did not realize that the person she was treating was her 17-year-old daughter – whom she had not recognized due to the severity of her injuries and who would die a few days later.

My worst nightmare as a paramedic has come true,” wrote Erickson, documenting details of the Nov. 15 collision that killed her only child.

As an emergency responder, Erickson was the first on the scene of a serious car accident in rural Airdrie, Alberta, where she and her colleague found two teens driving home from a dog walk and injured after their vehicle collided with a car. truck.

The passenger was trapped, seriously injured and had to be removed from the vehicle by firefighters, Erickson said. While the crew worked to remove them and fly them to a nearby hospital, Erickson remained in the vehicle next to the patient for more than 20 minutes, tending to her, making sure her airways were clear and, she later recalled: “whatever I could.”

After an air ambulance flew the passenger to Calgary’s Foothills Medical Center, Erickson returned home at the end of her shift.

Within minutes the doorbell rang. It was the police who told her that her daughter Montana had been in an accident, so she rushed to the emergency room.

“When she entered the room, she was shocked to find the girl she had been with in the back of the collapsed vehicle, keeping alive… was Jayme’s own daughter. Jayme unknowingly kept her own daughter alive,” fellow paramedic Richard Reed told reporters at a news conference Tuesday.

Montana died on November 18, three days after the crash, after doctors told Erickson that Montana’s injuries were “incompatible with life”.

The driver of the car and the passenger of the truck survived, according to local media. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police say an investigation into the crash is underway.

“The pain I feel is like no pain I have ever felt, it is indescribable,” Erickson wrote. “The seriously injured patient I had just cared for was my own flesh and blood. My only child. My mini me.”

Erickson wrote on social media that while she was “grateful” for 17 years with her daughter, she couldn’t help but wonder, “What would you have become, my little girl? Who would you have been?”

In the wake of Montana’s death, other first responders have pointed to the emotional toll an emergency worker takes, with many paramedics fearing they could one day be called to an incident where they know a victim.

Several aid workers joined Erickson, her husband and Reed, who acted as the family’s spokesperson, at the press conference on Tuesday to show their support. Many were visibly moved as they spoke to reporters.

“Jayme’s traumatic story is affecting first responders across this country,” paramedic Deana Davison said. “It brings to light once again that this horrific nightmare can happen to any of us.”

Speaking to the reporter after her daughter’s death on Tuesday, Erickson said Montana was “so beautiful.” She said the teen was listed as an organ donor so her death would have given others a chance at life.

“We are so happy that our little girl lives on through others and that she saved other people in the aftermath of this tragedy,” Erickson said.

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