Paramedic dispatched to fatal crash didn't realise it was her daughter involved until her shift ended

Callum Jones

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Paramedic dispatched to fatal crash didn't realise it was her daughter involved until her shift ended

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A paramedic who was dispatched to a fatal crash scene was unaware it was her daughter involved until after she left the scene.

Jayme Erickson from Alberta, Canada, was on a normal shift on 15 November but her life changed forever that day.

At 4:30pm local time, Erickson was dispatched to a serious car collision where two people were found injured.

One of the patients was in critical condition and was trapped inside the car, so Erickson rushed over to help.

An air ambulance was called to the scene and took over from Erickson - whose shift was then over, so she went home for the day.

Erickson was unaware that she had treated her daughter Montana. Credit: Jayme Erickson/ Facebook
Erickson was unaware that she had treated her daughter Montana. Credit: Jayme Erickson/ Facebook

But only a few minutes after she walked in, the paramedic had a knock on the door from The Royal Canadian Mountain Police who informed her that her daughter had been in an accident.

On Facebook, Erickson wrote: "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 were so horrific I did not even recognise her."

The mum rushed to hospital to see her daughter, but she was told the devastating news that she would not make it.

In the post, Erickson continued: "Today we officially said goodbye to my little girl. I cannot help but be angry for the short amount of time I was given with her.

Erickson took to Facebook to share the devastating news. Credit: Jayme Erickson/ Facebook
Erickson took to Facebook to share the devastating news. Credit: Jayme Erickson/ Facebook

"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."

Alongside her friends, family, and co-workers on Tuesday (22 November), Erickson faced the press for the first time since her daughter passed away.

She told reporters: "This tragedy is not only felt here by this community, it’s felt throughout the province and maybe even the country.

"I think every first responder can relate to the pain that we’re feeling. Nobody wants to go through anything like this."

Erickson described her daughter as a 'firecracker'. Credit: Canadian Press/Shutterstock
Erickson described her daughter as a 'firecracker'. Credit: Canadian Press/Shutterstock

Recently, a fundraiser has been set up for Erickson and her partner Sean to help ease the financial stress.

At the time of writing, the GoFundMe has just over $99,000 (£61,000), thanks to donations from 1,700 people.

The page reads: "As Sean and Jayme begin to rebuild a life without their beloved daughter, we want to be there to help them through and ease any financial stress they could possibly imagine."

Topics: News, Health

Callum Jones
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