A 5-year-old little girl, Lexi Shymanski, is being hailed a hero after she hiked up a 40-foot cliff following a horrifying car crash that left her mother unconscious and her baby brother with a brain bleed to flag down help.
Following the crash down the cliff, little Lexi woke to find her baby brother Peter crying and her mother slumped over the wheel. Instead of panicking, the small child unfastened her five-point car seat harness and hiked up the 40-foot cliff, one that emergency responders would need climbing rope to trek, to the road above to flag down help. Lexi is now being credited for saving her mother and brother with her heroic efforts.
The Daily Mail reports that Angela Shymanski was driving with her 5-year-old daughter and newborn son from a vacation in Calgary to their home in Prince George, British Columbia, when she passed out behind the wheel, sending the car flying into a tree and off the 40-foot cliff.
After the accident, 5-year-old Lexi woke up with some scratches and saw her baby brother crying and her mother slumped unconscious over the vehicle’s wheel. The little girl knew she needed to get help, so she unfastened her five-point car seat harness and crawled out of the vehicle. She then climbed up the 40-foot rocky embankment without any shoes in a bid to make it to the road above. Once she made it to the top, the little girl flagged down a passing car.
According to Metro News, the first person to stop and help came to the vehicle and carried out the injured infant but was unable to get Lexi’s mother, Angela, out by himself. Therefore, the helpful driver went back to the road and flagged down another car, which happened to be that of a paramedic who knew it was vitally important not to move Angela as it could cause the mother to be permanently paralyzed.
Angela says if it wasn’t for her young daughter’s heroic efforts, she and baby Peter could have died as the crashed vehicle was not visible from the highway above.
“It was only because she came up and flagged people down that anybody would have stopped. 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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