“As a paramedic, my worst nightmare came true,” Erickson wrote on Nov. 15, documenting the details of the collision that killed her only child.
As an emergency responder, Erickson was the first to arrive at the scene of a serious car accident in rural Airdrie, Alberta, where he and a colleague were injured when their car hit two teenagers on their way home from a dog walk. lorry.
The passenger was trapped, seriously injured and had to be extricated from the vehicle by firefighters, Erickson said. As crews worked to extricate them and get them to a nearby hospital, Erickson stayed inside the vehicle for more than 20 minutes, next to the patient, tending to him, making sure his airway was clear and mobile, then recalled: “as much as I could.”
After an ambulance took the passenger to Calgary’s Foothills Medical Center, Erickson returned home at the end of his shift.
A few minutes later, the doorbell rang. It was the police who alerted her daughter that Montana had been in an accident and rushed to the emergency room.
“When he entered the room, he was horrified to see that the girl sitting behind the wrecked car and survived was Jayme’s own daughter. Jayme was unknowingly keeping her daughter alive,” she said.
Montana died on November 18, three days after the accident, after doctors told Erickson that Montana’s injuries were “not life-threatening.”
According to local media, the driver of the car and the passenger of the truck survived. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said the investigation into the accident is ongoing.
“The pain I feel is pain I have never felt, it is indescribable,” Erickson wrote. “The seriously injured patient I am treating now was my own blood. My only child. My mini-me.”
Erickson wrote on the social network that although he was “thankful” for 17 years with his daughter, he couldn’t help but wonder: “What would you be, my baby girl? Who would you be?”
In the wake of Montana’s death, other first responders have emphasized the emotional toll that paramedics take, with many paramedics fearing they may one day be called to an incident where the victim is known to them.
Several emergency responders joined Erickson, her husband and Reed, who acted as a family spokesperson, at a news conference Tuesday to show their support. Many were visibly emotional as they spoke to reporters.
“Jayme’s traumatic story has an impact on first responders across this country,” said paramedic Deana Davison. “It shows once again that this terrible nightmare can happen to any of us.”
Speaking to a reporter after her daughter’s death, Erickson said Tuesday that Montana was “so beautiful.” He said the teenager was listed as an organ donor, so her death gave others a chance at life.
“We are so happy that our baby girl lives on through others and that she saved other people after this tragedy,” Erickson said.