CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — A Canadian paramedic who unknowingly treated her own daughter after a fatal vehicle accident brushed away tears as she remembered a beautiful girl who fought until the end.
Jayme Erickson was called to the crash north of Calgary on Nov. 15 and was sitting with a seriously injured girl who was pulled from the car and taken to hospital where she died. She was unrecognizable due to injuries.
It wasn’t until Erickson got home at the end of the day that she was met by Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers, who told her the patient was her 17-year-old daughter, Montana.
Erickson shared her grief with reporters late Tuesday, describing her daughter as a success at whatever she set her mind to, an avid swimmer with aspirations of becoming a lawyer.
“She was a fighter and she fought until the day she died and she was beautiful. She was so beautiful. If she ever put effort into something, she would always succeed,” Erickson said at an Airdrie fire hall with family, paramedics, police officers and firefighters standing behind her in a show of support.
Richard Reed, a friend and flight paramedic, broke down a number of times, he told Erickson, when he attended the scene where a car had lost control and been hit by an oncoming truck.
Reed said the driver was able to get out of the car, but the female passenger was trapped with serious injuries. Erickson was the first person on the scene. He said Erickson knew the girl was in trouble and sat there until she was released and transported to the hospital by air ambulance, still unaware of who it was.
“On the way back, she expressed her grief and frustration to her partner, knowing that a family would later likely lose their daughter, sister and granddaughter. Shortly after returning home, there was a knock on the door. It was the RCMP,” said Reed.
“When she entered the room, she was horrified to find the girl she had sat with in the back of the crumpled vehicle holding on to life for the family to say goodbye, and due to the extent of her injuries being unrecognizable, Jaymes own daughter,” he added. “Jayme unknowingly kept her own daughter alive.”