CALGARY, Alta. (AP) — A Canadian paramedic who unknowingly treated her own daughter after a fatal car accident has wiped away tears as she remembered a beautiful girl who fought until the end.
Jayme Erickson was called to the accident north of Calgary on November 15 and sat with a seriously injured girl who was pulled from the car and taken to hospital, where she died. She was unrecognizable because of her injuries.
It was not until Erickson returned 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 his grief with reporters on Tuesday night, describing his daughter as a success in everything she did, an avid swimmer who aspired to be 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 an effort into anything, she would always succeed,” said Erickson at an Airdrie fire station with her family, paramedics, police and firefighters standing behind her in support.
Richard Reed, a friend and paramedic, broke down several times as he recounted Erickson witnessing the scene where a car lost control and was hit by an oncoming truck.
Reed said the driver was able to get out of the car but the passenger was seriously injured. Erickson was the first person on the scene. He said Erickson knew the girl was in trouble and remained seated until she was extracted and taken to hospital by air ambulance, not knowing who it was.
“On the way home, she expressed her grief and frustration to her partner, knowing that later on a family would likely lose their daughter, sister and grandchild. Shortly after arriving home, one knocked on the door. It was the RCMP,” Reed said.
“On entering the room, to her horror, she found the girl she was sitting with in the back of the crumpled vehicle staying alive, so the family could say goodbye, and due to the The extent of her injuries was unrecognizable, was Jayme’s daughter’s own,” he added. “Jayme, unknowingly, was keeping his own daughter alive.”
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