When saving lives, doctors are just doing their job. But they don’t ever expect that they’ll get the same thing in return, at least not by the same person they saved over 30 years previously.
A paediatrician, Dr William Shannon, was stuck in his burning car in 2011. A team from Paramedic Engine 29, which included Chris Trokey, a paramedic with Orange County Fire Authority had just finished another call, and got to the crash in minutes. Dr Shannon’s car had been hit by a semi-truck, and pinned underneath when it set on fire. The team worked tirelessly to stop the flames and rescue Dr Shannon from the blaze using the Jaws of Life.
When Chris was born, he only weighed 3.2 pounds, and his chances of survival were approximately 50% – this was before he was effectively rescued by Dr Shannon.
It wasn’t until Dr Shannon had been in hospital for 45 days, whilst he was still recovering from internal injuries, that Chris went and saw him. The doctor shortly saw that it was the boy that he had once saved 30 years ago.
This just shows that not only do we get bad karma, but we also get karma in the best possible ways, and it must’ve been a great feeling for Chris to be able to finally repay Dr Shannon after such a long time.
After they met again at a fundraiser, Dr Shannon said:
It’s amazing to watch them all grow up, but to have one come back in your life, on a day you really need it, that’s really incredible.
So many years later, they are still helping each other out. Dr Shannon is now the paediatrician to Chris’ young son and they remain in contact.