A pediatrician saved the life of a premature baby. Thirty years later, that same child returned the favor.
Dr. Michael Shannon was driving along the Pacific Coast Highway in Dana Point, California, on March 29, 2011, when he got into a fiery car crash with a semi-truck, KTLA reports.
His vehicle was pinned underneath the truck and the fire began to spread. Luckily for the doctor, firefighters were returning from another call and were able to get to the scene of the accident within minutes.
The fire grew worse and started burning Shannon’s legs, but the firefighters were able to extinguish the flames. Shannon was taken to the hospital where he had to have two of his toes amputated and he spent 45 days in recovery.
When they reached the hospital, Orange County Fire Authority paramedic Chris Trokey realized that he knew the victim.
Trokey was born premature and weighed just 3.2 pounds at birth. Doctors gave him a 50/50 chance at surviving, but there was one doctor who would not lose faith. That doctor was none other than his pediatrician, Dr. Shannon.
“I didn’t know about it until I went to the hospital and started talking about it, Dr. Shannon. And I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, Dr. Shannon?’” Trokey recalled to KTLA. “That’s when I found out.”
The same doctor who stood with the infant child around the clock to ensure his health was now being taken care of by that same child, 30 years later.
“It’s amazing to watch them all grow up, but to have one come back in your life, on a day when you really need it, that’s really incredible,” Shannon told KTLA.
The two reunited on Sunday to help save more lives at a fundraiser for childhood cancer research. They both shaved their heads and contributed to the cause.
Shannon said that 30 heads were shaved and they raised $12,000 for the St. Baldrick’s charity event.
“It’s a great feeling, and now he’s my son’s pediatrician,” Trokey added.