5-Year-Old Girl Saves Mother, Brother After Serious Car Crash

December 13, 2017 Updated: December 13, 2017

A 5-year-old girl was hailed as a hero for crawling 40 feet up the side of a creek to get help after her mother crashed her car, leaving her with a broken back and her brother with head injuries.

Angela Shymanski was driving Lexi, 5, and Peter, who was 10 weeks old, from Calgary, Canada, to Prince George, British Columbia, when she passed out behind the wheel and crashed her SUV into a tree, according to MailOnline.

Her daughter, Lexi, awoke unscathed and found her mom unconscious and her brother crying. The mother, it was later revealed, had a broken back, and Peter had a bleeding brain.

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Their ordeal made the front-page news of the local paper (GoFundMe)

The crash, located near Jasper, Canada, could not be seen from the road, according to the CBC.

But somehow, Lexi managed to remove her seat belt and climbed up the rocky embankment of a creek to flag down other motorists.

“It’s crazy,” Angela told The Metro.

“I only can remember one or two times where she got out of her five-point harness previously. She somehow got out, adrenaline or whatever, and barefoot hiked up the embankment,” she added. “It’s crazy because the guy who came to see us in the hospital, he said the medics and the firemen needed ropes to get up and down that embankment, and she did it barefoot.”

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The 10-month old, Peter, was left with a head injury during the crash (GoFundMe)

“It was only because she came up and flagged people down that anybody would have stopped.”

The first driver to stop for the family also happened to be a paramedic. “It took him five tries before he could get cell service to call 911,” Angela said, according to People magazine.

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The family one year after the accident. (GoFundMe)

The three were airlifted to a hospital in Edmonton.

A GoFundMe for the family was set up for the family to deal with medical costs.




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