When Karma strikes…
Are you a believer of karma? Oftentimes people watch what they do because they know one day, it’ll come back to return the not-so-needed favor. But in some cases, karma can be a good thing to receive when you do good things for people.
30 plus years ago, in San Clemente, California, Dr. Michael Shannon spent sleepless nights trying to save the life of a 3.2-pound premature baby who was given only a 50% chance of survival. He stayed up around the clock, making sure the baby’s health was stable. Little did he know, that baby would grow up to one day return the favor…
“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.”
The definition of Karma
Fast-forward to March 29, 2011, when Dr. Shannon was driving down a highway in Dana Point, Ca. A semi-truck t-boned his SUV, pinning his vehicle under the truck, causing his car to burst into flames.
That same premature baby, now firefighter-paramedic Chris Tokey, arrived to the scene within minutes. But the fires were so fierce, they were already burning Dr. Shannon’s legs. Tokey, along with a fire crew worked on settling the blaze while prying him out of the SUV using the jaws of life.
A duo worth reuniting
The doctor was taken to the hospital where he spent 45 days recovering from serious burns and internal injuries. He also had to have two of his toes amputated. It wasn’t until Tokey got to the hospital that he realized he helped save his former pediatrician’s life.
“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?’ That’s when I found out.” he recalled.
Dr. Shannon found out his rescuer’s name when he got to the hospital, as well. “I remember family names relatively easily. So I remembered Trokey when I found out his name after I got to the hospital,” he said.