A Canadian paramedic who worked to respond to a car accident last week and help a teenage victim was unwittingly treating his own daughter.
When Jamie Erickson arrived at the crash site on an icy section of an Alberta highway on November 15, she found a seriously injured teenage girl. Her girl’s injuries were so severe that Erickson could not recognize her.
Erickson worked for nearly half an hour to get the girl out of the car and stayed with her until the teenage girl was airlifted to a hospital near Calgary.
When Ericsson returned home at the end of her shift, she was met by police officers who said her 17-year-old daughter, Montana, had been the victim of the crash. She was advised her injuries were “not life-fit” and Montana was taken off her life support.
“The seriously injured patient I just treated was my own flesh and blood. My only child. My mini-me. My daughter, Montana.” she wrote to her family and friends“I am grateful for the 17 years I spent with her, but I am devastated and wondering. My baby girl, what would you have become? Who would you have been?”
“I am devastated. I am broken. I am missing a piece of me. I am left to pick up the pieces and am expected to carry on.”
Speaking to reporters in the Airdrie community on Tuesday, Ericsson, surrounded by family and colleagues, praised her “firecracker” daughter. said. “She was so beautiful.
A friend and paramedic, Richard Reed, told reporters about the scene of an accident in which two teenage girls returning from a dog walk lost control and collided with an oncoming vehicle. I have failed many times.
The driver was able to get out of the car, but his passenger, Montana, was trapped. Erickson was the first to stand on the scene, after which she expressed her grief and her frustration at the likely loss of her daughter to her husband.
“As parents and first responders, I can say that this is beyond a nightmare that any of us could have imagined,” Reed said.
Ericsson said he wanted the world to know about his late daughter. “If you were her friend, she would be madly in love. She would love you to the end of the world and would do anything for you. She was a fighter. And she fought.” she said.
A competitive swimmer with the ambition of attending law school, Montana was able to give a “final gift” to those in need. “She was able to donate organs, and two of the donated organs she had saved her life,” Erickson said. “I am so happy that our baby girl has continued to live through others and helped others after this tragedy. We are so proud of her and will miss her.”