CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — A Canadian paramedic who unknowingly treated her own daughter after a fatal vehicle accident wiped away tears as she remembered the beautiful girl who fought until the end.
Jayme Erickson was called to a 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 her injuries.
It wasn’t until Erickson returned 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 successful in whatever she put 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 something, she would always succeed at it,” Erickson said at the Airdrie fire hall with family, paramedics, police and firefighters standing behind her in a show of support.
Richard Reed, a friend and flight paramedic, broke down several times as he recounted how Erickson attended 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 person on the scene. He said Erickson knew the girl was in trouble and sat there until she was freed and taken to the hospital by air ambulance, still not knowing who she was.
“On the way back, she expressed her sadness and frustration to her partner, knowing that later the family would probably lose a daughter, a sister and a grandchild. Shortly after arriving home, there was a knock on the door. It was the RCMP,” Reed said.
“When she entered the room, she was horrified to find the girl she was sitting with in the back of the car crumpled up, left alive so the family could say their goodbyes, and due to the extent of her injuries, she was unrecognizable as Jayme’s own. daughter,” he added. “Jayme was unknowingly keeping her own daughter alive.