MISSION VIEJO, Calif. – Two men saved each other lives, 30 years apart.
Five years ago, on March 29, 2011, Dr. Michael Shannon was driving along a highway in California. A semi-truck T-boned his SUV, pinning his truck underneath. Soon, the car caught fire, according to KTLA.
Among the firefighters who responded to the scene was paramedic Chris Trokey.
Dr. Shannon helped care for Trokey 30 years earlier. Torkey arrived a few months early, and doctors gave him a 50/50 chance of surviving. He weighed just 3.2 pounds. His pediatrician, Dr. Shannon, worked tirelessly to help him survive.
Now, Trokey is a paramedic, who saves lives everyday. Little did he know, as he pried open the door to the crushed SUV, he was saving the doctor who helped him decades earlier.
“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 told KTLA. “That’s when I found out.”
Shannon spent 45 days in the hospital recovering from his injuries. Last year, he reunited with Trokey at a St. Baldrick’s event.
“It’s a great feeling, and now he’s my son’s pediatrician,” Trokey said.