Doctor Saves Premature Baby’s Life, Who Becomes Paramedic and Saves His Life 30 Years Later

National   |   Sarah Zagorski   |   Mar 31, 2015   |   6:17PM   |   Washington, DC

On March 29, 2011, Dr. Michael Shannon was trapped in a burning car after a car accident with a semi-truck. California’s Orange County Fire Department arrived at the scene and among them was Chris Trokey, a young paramedical. Thankfully, they were able to remove Dr. Shannon from the car but he had to spend 45-days at Mission Hospital to recover from burned legs and internal injuries.

It was during that time that Trokey realized he helped saved the life of the doctor who saved his when he was a baby. According to KTLA news, 30-years-ago Trokey was born premature and weighed only 3.2 pounds. He was given only a 50% chance of survival; however, Dr. Shannon worked around the clock to save his life.

Trokey said he was very excited to be reunited with Dr. Shannon. He said, “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?’”

Dr. Shannon told KTLA: “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.” Now, Trokey is a father and Dr. Shannon is his son’s pediatrician.


Learn more about this remarkable story in the video below.