Jayme Erickson's Facebook post is heartbreaking. "My worst nightmare as a paramedic has come true," she writes, sharing a story that couldn't be more tragic. On the afternoon of November 15, the Canadian reports that she was called to a car accident. She found two inmates on site, one female was seriously injured. It soon became apparent that she would not survive the accident.
Erickson stayed with her for another half hour until the victim was extricated from the wreck. Then she made her way home, such cases are part of everyday life in the professional life of a paramedic. But this day was different. "Minutes after I got home, the doorbell rang. My life was changed forever," writes Erickson. Police officers told her that the accident victim she had just cared for was her own daughter.
The 17-year-old was so badly wounded that Erickson didn't recognize her, reports the Guardian. Erickson couldn't believe it: "The patient I had just treated was my own flesh and blood. My only child." Her daughter was taken from the scene of the accident to a nearby hospital by rescue helicopter. There, the doctors could only determine that the injuries were too serious. They recommended stopping life support. The driver of the car survived the collision with a truck unscathed.
At a press conference, the paramedic explained that she wanted the world to know who her daughter was: "She loved you dearly when you were her boyfriend. She loved you to the ends of the earth and back and would do anything for you . And she was a fighter." Erickson and her husband have a small glimmer of hope because their child's organs will be donated. "We are glad that our girl lives on through others and that she saved the lives of others in the aftermath of this tragedy."
Sources: Jayme Erickson on Facebook / "Guardian"
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