A paramedic in Canada rushed to the scene of an accident and tried to save the lives of two teenage girls, not realizing that one of the victims was her daughter.
Jayme Erickson, the paramedic, spent more than 20 minutes saving the life of her 17-year-old daughter Montana, who she did not recognize at first due to the severity of her injuries.
The teenager eventually died a few days later in hospital.
The accident happened on 15 November. Erickson said her “worst nightmare as a paramedic has come true” in a message she posted on Facebook.
In accordance Washington Post, the incident occurred in Airdrie, Alberta, where Erickson was on duty. She and a colleague were called to the scene of a serious car accident. When they arrived they found a couple of teenagers who had been out walking their dog and were injured after their car collided with a truck.
The passenger in the car was critically injured and was trapped inside the car. The fire service was called to help extract the passenger. During that time, Mrs. Erickson remained inside the vehicle with the passenger, making sure the girl’s airway was clear.
The teenager was eventually transported to a nearby hospital, after which Erickson went home to finish his shift. Shortly after returning home, she was visited by police officers who told her that Montana had been in an accident and was taken to an emergency room.
When Erickson arrived at the hospital to see her daughter, she found the girl from the original accident with whom she had been sitting for more than 20 minutes.
“When she entered the room, to her horror, she found the girl she had sat with in the back of the crumpled vehicle, holding herself alive…was Jayme’s own daughter. Jayme unknowingly kept her own daughter alive,” Richard Reed, a fellow. paramedic, told reporters during a press conference on Tuesday.
Montana eventually died in hospital three days after the crash. Both the driver of the car and the passenger in the truck survived, according to local reports.
An investigation into the accident is ongoing.
Erickson shared her grief in a Facebook post after her daughter died.
“The pain I feel is like no pain I have ever felt, it is indescribable,” she wrote. “The critically injured patient I had just treated was my own flesh and blood. My only child. My mini-me.”
She openly wondered who her daughter might have become if she had survived the accident. Erickson said she was grateful for the 17 years she had with her daughter.