Doctor, Paramedic Save Each Other’s Lives 30 Years Apart-Truth!
Summary of eRumor:
A meme making the rounds on Facebook claims that a baby whose life was saved by a pediatrician grew up to become a paramedic and saved the doctor’s live 30 years later.
It’s true that a paramedic rescued the same doctor who saved his life as a baby.
A meme showing a picture of a doctor and the paramedic who saved each others life has been making its way around Twitter, but it started with the Unbelievable Facts blog site:
In 1981, a pediatrician saved the life of a 3.2-pound premature baby boy by working around the clock to beat the odds & stabilize him. In 2011, the pediatrician was pinned inside a burning vehicle after a car collision, but was saved by the premature baby, who had grown up to become a paramedic.
The story (and photo) comes from a March 2015 KTLA report about Dr. Michael Shannon and Paramedic Chris Trokey reuniting childhood cancer research fundraiser four years after Trokey saved Shannon’s life — and 30 years after Shannon saved Trokey’s life:
Exactly four years ago, on March 29, 2011, Dr. Michael Shannon was driving on Pacific Coast Highway in Dana Point when a semi-truck T-boned his SUV, pinning his vehicle underneath the truck as it caught fire.
Firefighters from Paramedic Engine 29 were returning from another call and responded within minutes to the fiery crash.
By the time they arrived, Shannon’s vehicle was also ablaze and the flames were burning his legs. Fire crews then worked to extinguish the flames and rescue him using the Jaws of Life.
The seriously injured Shannon was taken to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo where he spent the next 45 days recovering from internal injuries. He also had to have two of his toes amputated.
Among those who had helped save Shannon that day was Orange County Fire Authority paramedic Chris Trokey, whose own life had been saved 30 years earlier by the pediatrician.
“I didn’t know about until I went to the hospital and started talking about it, Dr. Shannon. And I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, Dr. Shannon?'” Trokey recalled on Sunday. “That’s when I found out.”
The story goes on to report that Trokey was given a 50-50 chance of survival when he was prematurely born weighing 3.2 pounds, but Dr. Shannon stayed with him around the clock until his health approved and he stabilized.