“The seriously injured patient I had just taken care of was my own flesh and blood. My only child My mini-me My daughter, Montana,” she wrote.
“Her injuries were so severe I didn’t even recognize her. I was taken to FMC to see my baby girl, and was told her injuries were not life-threatening.”
The grieving parent said his family was “overwhelmed with grief and completely heartbroken.”
Erickson wrote, “The pain I feel is no pain I have ever felt, it is indescribable.”
“Although I am grateful for the 17 years I have had with her, I am left devastated and in awe. what would you have been my baby who would you be I’ll never see you graduate and walk across the stage, I’ll never see you get married, I’ll never know who you would have been,” she continued.
Paramedic and family spokesman Richard Reid said during a Tuesday press conference that Montana and a friend were on their way home after walking the dogs in a nearby park when their car collided with an oncoming truck.
“Despite it being a cold evening, Jayme remained in the vehicle for over 20 minutes, making sure the patient’s C-spine was stable and his airway was clear,” Reed said.
“During the return, he expressed his sorrow (and) despair to his companion, knowing that tonight, a family would lose their daughter, sister and grandson.”
The spokeswoman said: “Jamie was unknowingly keeping her own daughter alive. As both a parent and a first responder, I can tell you, it is beyond a nightmare.
Standing with Reid, Erickson told reporters that her daughter’s death was especially hard hitting in the province’s first-responder community. Her husband and Montana’s adoptive father is also a paramedic.
“Anyone who knew Montana, they would call him Firecracker,” said Mom. “She would love it if you were her friend. She’ll love you to the end of the world and back, and she’ll do anything for you.
Erickson said that in addition to being a loving and loyal friend, her daughter was a competitive swimmer who dreams of one day becoming a lawyer.
She said that Montana was an organ donor, and was able to provide two life-saving donations.
“In the face of this tragedy, she’s saved other people. We know that’s what she wanted and we’re so proud of her. And we’re going to miss her very, very much.”
According to the police, the cause of the accident is still being investigated.