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The Heartwarming Story of a Doctor Who Saved a Premature Baby’s Life — Then Met Him Under ‘Incredible’ Circumstances 30 Years Later

He worked tirelessly to keep a premature baby alive.

Thirty years later, that baby would return the favor.

KTLA-TV reported Sunday on the reunion of paramedic Chris Trokey and Dr. Michael Shannon, brought together in support of a childhood cancer research fundraiser — years after each man had helped save the other’s life.

Chris Trokey and Dr. Michael Shannon. (Image via KTLA-TV)

On March 29, 2011, Shannon’s SUV was struck by a truck, and by the time first responders arrived, Shannon’s vehicle was ablaze and the pediatrician had to be extracted with the Jaws of Life.

Among those who saved Shannon’s life was Trokey, an Orange County paramedic who reacted with shock when he learned the name of the man he’d rescued.

“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 had saved Trokey’s life 30 years prior, when Trokey had been born prematurely and weighed just 3.2 pounds; Shannon stayed up through the night with the infant as he stabilized.

Shannon was grateful for Trokey’s aid on the day of his crash.

“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,” Shannon said.

Now the two men are fast friends — and Shannon is the pediatrician for Trokey’s son.

Watch KTLA’s report below:

posted by Zach Noble on 3/31/15 at

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Comments (9)

  1. noahbody

    Tears…. so magical…..

    March 31, 2015
    1. SEC


      March 31, 2015
  2. EyeVey

    Wow, as the mother of two preemies, this is so heartwarming!

    April 02, 2015
    1. SEC

      It was all that!

      April 02, 2015
      1. EyeVey

        I really love reading these kinds of stories.

        April 02, 2015
        1. SEC

          Me too, I like to share them too

          April 02, 2015

    there are no such thing as coincidences

    April 02, 2015
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      April 02, 2015
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    January 28, 2017