They say a good turn deserves another, but the idea of somebody saving a person’s life, and having the favor returned, seems like something that only happens in books or sitcoms. Yet, as we’ve discovered, a doctor once saved the life of a baby, who grew up to be the paramedic who saved his life.
Never underestimate a baby!
In 1981, a pediatrician named Dr. Michael Shannon saved a baby boy. Chris Trokey had been born premature at only 3.2 pounds, with a 50 percent chance of survival.
But Dr. Shannon worked with Trokey around the clock until his health improved so he could stabilize.
He’d return the favor 30 years later!
Not that he expected it, but Trokey would return the favor after he grew up, during an incident in 2011.
Dr. Shannon was trapped inside a burning car after a collision, and had to be saved by firefighters from Paramedic Engine 29, who descended upon the scene within minutes of the crash. One of the firefighters was Trokey himself.
The situation could have meant life or death for Dr. Shannon; while he escaped with his life, he had to spend 45 days in the hospital, and endured the amputation of two of his toes.
“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 explained.
“That’s when I found out.”
They reunited for charity!
“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,” Dr. Shannon told KTLA.
The two reconnected after the fact.
“It’s a great feeling, and now he’s my son’s pediatrician,” Trokey added.
The two reunited again in 2015 for a fundraiser supporting St. Baldrick’s charity, in which people shaved their hair to raise money for the study of childhood cancer.
And yes, we verified this story with Snopes. There’s a reason “too good to be true” is a common expression.