A mother has opened up about the brutal moment she realised her 'only daughter' was involved in a critical car crash.
It's every parent's worst nightmare, however there's an added element to Jayme Erickson's story.
She's a paramedic and was called to help assist people injured in a car accident in Alberta, Canada .
When she arrived, she found two patients, one of whom was in a critical condition and was trapped inside the vehicle, according to 7News.
The victim was still alive, however was difficult to recognise because she were so badly injured in the crash.
Jayme worked carefully on the patient while the fire service extricated her and handed her over when the air ambulance arrived.
The paramedic handed over the girl and she went home thinking it was just another difficult and sad day on the job.
However, when she arrived home, reality settled in.
Ms Erickson explained in a GoFundMe page: “The Royal Canadian Mountain Police were at my door to inform me that my daughter had been in an accident.
“The critically injured patient I had just attended to was my own flesh and blood.
"My only child. My mini-me.
"My daughter, Montana.”
According to The Guardian, the car carrying Montana and another woman was coming home from walking the dog when it lost control and was struck by an oncoming truck.
The 17-year-old was flown to a nearby hospital, however, by the time Jayme arrived, she was told her daughter won't survive the crash due to the extent of her injuries.
The paramedic said the moment has absolutely 'broken' her.
“I cannot help but be angry for the short amount of time I was given with her. 17 years was not long enough. Although I am thankful for the 17 years I had with her, I am shattered and left wondering," she said to friends and family.
"What would you have become, my baby girl? Who would you have been?
“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.”
Jayme has bravely fronted the media this week to explain the impact this incident has had on everyone.
“[Montana] meant the world to all of us,” she said.
“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.”
A fundraiser has been set up to help Jayme and her partner Sean process this enormous loss.
It's already amassed more than CAD $100,000
Featured Image Credit: Facebook. The Canadian Press / Alamy Stock Photo.
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