A Canadian paramedic had no idea she had treated her severely disfigured daughter in a car accident – until police came to her home to tell her the teenager had died.
Montana Erickson, 17, was a passenger in a runaway car that collided with an oncoming truck on an icy road near Airdrie, Alberta on November 15.
Montana’s mother, Jayme Erickson, was called to the scene. But the teenager was so badly disfigured that Erickson had no idea who she was.
Erickson was with Montana until she was extricated from the car and flown to a hospital, and “unknowingly kept her own daughter alive,” said friend and flight paramedic Richard Reed.
Minutes after Erickson returned home from her shift, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police were at her home to inform her that Montana had been injured in the crash.
“The seriously injured patient I had just treated was my own flesh and blood. my only child My mini me. My daughter Montana,” Erickson wrote on Facebook. “Her injuries were so terrible I didn’t even recognize her.”
At the hospital, Erickson said she was told her daughter’s injuries were “incompatible with life.”
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Remembered by her mother as a “funny girl” who “loved her friends and family very much,” Montana hoped to someday call herself an attorney, CTV News Calgary reported.
“She was a fighter and she fought up until the day she died and she was beautiful,” said Erickson, who was first on the scene at the crash.
“She was so beautiful, if she ever tried to do something, she would always make it,” Erickson told reporters while surrounded by other responders to show his support.
The teenager will live on by helping others as an organ donor, her mother said.
“Montana was able to give one last gift,” Erickson said of her daughter as a donor, noting that two of her organs have already been donated and were “life-saving.”
“We are so fortunate to know that our little girl lives on through others,” Erickson said. “After this tragedy, she saved others.”
With NewsWire Services