CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — A Canadian paramedic who unknowingly treated her own daughter after a fatal car accident wiped away tears as she remembered a beautiful girl who fought to the end.
Jayme Erickson was called to northern Calgary on November 15 and sat with a critically injured girl who was freed from the car and taken to hospital, where she died. Due to injuries, she was unrecognizable.
It wasn’t until Erickson came home at the end of the day that she was met by officers from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, 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 everything she set her mind to, an avid swimmer who aspired to become 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 anything, she would always succeed,” Erickson said at an Airdrie firehall with family, paramedics, police officers and firefighters standing behind her in a show of support.
Richard Reed, a friend and flight paramedic, broke down on a number of occasions when he related that Erickson was present at 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 female passenger was trapped with serious injuries. Erickson was the first on the scene. He said Erickson knew the girl was in trouble and sat there until she was freed and airlifted to hospital, still not knowing who it was.
“On the way back, she expressed her grief and frustration to her partner, knowing that a family would likely lose their daughter, sister and grandchild later on. Shortly after returning home, there was a knock on the door. It was the RCMP,” Reed said.
“On entering the room, she was shocked to find that the girl she had been sitting with in the back of the crumpled vehicle had been kept alive for the family to say goodbye, and due to the extent of her injuries was unrecognizable, Jayme’s own daughter,” he added. “Jayme unwittingly kept her own daughter alive.”