Paramedic Jayme Erickson unknowingly treated her own daughter Montana, 17, in fatal car crash
'Jayme unknowingly was keeping her own daughter alive,' said Richard Reed, a paramedic and friend to Jayme Erickson
CALGARY, CANADA: Jayme Erikson had no idea that the girl she was treating in a fatal car accident was her own teenage daughter. The paramedic was first to reach the scene of the November 15 crash north of Calgary in which the passenger was trapped inside the vehicle with life-threatening injuries. Montana, 17, was unrecognizable due to the severity of her injuries, and the mother had no idea that the passenger involved is her own.
"Jayme unknowingly was keeping her own daughter alive," Richard Reed, a paramedic, and friend of Erickson said in a press conference on Wednesday, November 23. He added, “On her way back she expressed her grief and frustration to her partner, knowing that later a family would likely lose their daughter, sister, and grandchild. A short time after arriving home, there was a knock on the door. It was the RCMP.”
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He added that Erickson administering the medical treatment, allowed the victim’s family to say their final goodbye. Erickson got to know about the tragedy that had struck by the Canadian police, only after she returned home, reported People. "She was a fighter and she fought until the day that she died and she was beautiful," Erickson said during the conference. "She was so beautiful. If she ever put an effort into anything she would always succeed at it."
In a GoFundMe page set up by family friend, Lindsay Sandalack, Erickson shared, "We are overwhelmed with grief and absolutely gutted. The pain I am feeling is like no pain I have ever felt, it is indescribable." She went on, "The critically injured patient I had just attended to, was my own flesh and blood. My only child. My mini-me. My daughter, Montana. "Her injures [sic] were so horrific I did not even recognize her. I was taken to FMC to see my baby girl, and was informed her injuries were not compatible with life."
The grieving mother further said, "I will cherish the memories we made and the time we had together. I am shattered. I am broken. I am missing a piece of me. I am left to pick up the pieces and expected to carry on. [I] cannot help but be angry for the short amount of time I was given with her." Her emotional post questioned where Montana would be in adulthood — graduated, married, and living a happy life.
As per the latest update, GoFundMe had almost reached its target of $100,000 in donations, which is aimed to allow the family financial freedom while they mourn the death of Montana.