‘My worst nightmare has come true’: Paramedic tried in vain to save a teenage crash victim who was so badly injured she was unrecognizable – discovered hours later it was her daughter who died

  • Jayme Erickson, of British Columbia, responded to a car crash call and unknowingly tried to save her daughter’s life
  • Montana Erickson, 17, and a friend were involved in a car crash on November 17 when they lost control of the vehicle
  • Her friend was able to escape the vehicle, but Montana was trapped inside
  • When Jayme arrived, the teenager’s injuries were so severe that she was unable to recognize her and only found out after police showed up at her door
  • Recognizing the injuries were likely fatal, Jayme provided her with medical attention, and waited with her until Montana was airlifted
  • ‘My worst nightmare as a paramedic has come true. The critically injured patient I had just attended to was my own flesh and blood,’ she wrote on Facebook
  • She said she will remember her daughter as a ‘firecracker’ and that the teenager was a ‘fighter and she fought until the day that she died’

A Canadian paramedic’s ‘worst nightmare’ happened after she unknowingly attended to her daughter in her dying moments, only to discover hours later it was her own flesh and blood.

Montana Erickson, 17, of Winfield, British Columbia, and a friend were involved in a car accident on November 15 after they lost control of the vehicle and was struck by an oncoming truck on an Alberta highway, north of Calgary.

The teenager’s injuries were so severe that she was unrecognizable to her own mother, Jayme Erickson, who tried to keep the girl alive as she lay trapped in the car.

The tragedy turned to heartache when, five minutes after returning home from her shift when police arrived at her door to tell her the teenager was in fact her 17-year-old daughter.

Jayme shared her unimaginable grief with family and friends in a Facebook post on November 18, writing: ‘My worst nightmare as a paramedic has come true.

‘The critically injured patient I had just attended to was my own flesh and blood. My only child. My mini-me. My daughter, Montana,’ she wrote.

Montana and a friend had been driving on an Alberta highway north of Calgary on November 15 when the car lost control on an icy passage of road and was struck by an oncoming truck.

Jayme responded to the crash and found a girl trapped in the passenger seat, with injuries so severe that she was unable to recognize her own daughter.

Recognizing that the injuries were likely fatal, Jayme provided the girl with emergency medical attention, and waited with her until she was removed from the vehicle and airlifted to a Calgary hospital.

‘Although I am thankful for the 17 years I had with her, I am shattered and left wondering. What would you have become my baby girl? Who would you have been? I will never see you graduate and walk across the stage, I will never see you get married, I will never know who you would have been. I love you more than anything in this world,’ she continued in the Facebook post.

Jayme brushed away tears as she shared her grief with reporters in an Airdrie firehall, Alberta on Tuesday.

Supported by family, friends, and emergency service colleagues, Jayme said: ‘She was a fighter and she fought until the day that she died and she was beautiful. She was so beautiful. If she ever put an effort into anything she would always succeed at it.

‘Anyone that knew Montana, they’d call her firecracker. She loved fiercely if you were her friend. She’d love you to the end of the world and back, and she would do anything for you.

‘She was a fighter, and she fought until the day that she died,’ her mother said at a press conference.

‘She was beautiful, she was so beautiful.’

The successful swimmer donated her organs after her death, her mother said. Two of the organs were ‘lifesaving.’

‘We are so happy to know that our baby girl is living on through others,’ the mother said of the aspiring lawyer. ‘In the wake of this tragedy, she saved other people. We know that’s what she would have wanted and we are so proud of her.’

Richard Reed, a friend and fellow paramedic, broke down a number of times as he stood with Jayme.

Recounting what had happened, Reed said the driver was able to get out of the car, but the female passenger was trapped with serious injuries.

Jayme was the first person on the scene. He said Jayme knew the girl was in trouble and sat there until she was extricated and transported to hospital by air ambulance, still unaware of who it was.

Reed went on to describe how Jayme had rushed to the hospital after police told her about Montana. He said: ‘On entering the room, to her horror, she found the girl that she had sat within the back of the crumpled vehicle keeping alive, so the family could say goodbye, and due to the extent of her injuries was unrecognizable, was Jayme’s own daughter.

‘Jayme unknowingly was keeping her own daughter alive.’

Alberta Health Services told Canadian media: ‘Alberta Health Services EMS sends our deepest condolences to the family involved in this tragic event.’

The driver of the car was also hospitalized and is understood to be in a stable condition with minor injuries.

Canadian police said an investigation into the crash is ongoing.

 

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