"I do believe that things are supposed to happen when they do," Dr. Michael Shannon said

By Tara Fowler
Updated April 04, 2015 02:00 PM
Credit: Chris Trokey/Facebook

Four years ago, Dr. Michael Shannon was driving along Pacific Coast Highway in Orange County, California, when a truck crashed into him. Pinned beneath the giant vehicle, he was helpless as it caught fire.

But he received aid from an unlikely source: paramedic Chris Trokey, whose life Shannon had saved more than 30 years earlier when Trokey was just a 3.2-lb. baby with a 50 percent chance of survival.

“It’s amazing to watch [my patients] all grow up, but to have one come back in your life, on a day you really need it – that’s really incredible,” Shannon told KTLA.

On Sunday, the pair were reunited once again to shave their heads as part of a fundraiser for childhood cancer research, thrusting their incredible story back into the spotlight.

“I didn’t know about until I went to the hospital and started talking about it … And I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, Dr. Shannon?’ ” Trokey told KTLA. “That’s when I found out.”

Shannon sat by Trokey’s side round the clock when he was just a tiny preemie, watching the baby’s vitals until he was stable.

“I do believe that things are supposed to happen when they do,” Shannon told Yahoo Parenting. “I see examples of this almost daily in my life and practice.”

Added Trokey to KTLA: “It’s a great feeling, and now he’s my son’s pediatrician.”

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