Heroic 5-year-old rescues family after devastating car crash

By Samantha Luiz
06 August 2015

Five-year-old Lexi Shymanski is being hailed a hero after she helped save her mother and baby brother’s lives from a serious car accident.

The family, from British Columbia, were driving home from a holiday when mom, Angela felt herself getting increasingly tired behind the wheel, before crashing into a tree.

'She somehow got out, adrenaline or whatever, and barefoot hiked up the embankment'

Angela was reportedly knocked unconscious and suffered a broken back and internal injuries. Her daughter Lexi woke up to her 10-week-old baby brother’s cries, and instinctively knew she had to get help.

She incredibly managed to unclip the five-point harness on her car seat, which was lodged up against the seat ahead of her, open the smashed car’s passenger door, and climb up the embankment’s steep and rugged terrain without any shoes.

“It’s crazy,” Angela told 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.”

Once she reached the top, Lexi flagged down car and told the driver what had happened.

The driver hiked down and took little Peter out of the car. Unable to pull Angela to safety by himself, he went back up to the road to flag down another driver.

Miraculously, the next person to stop was a paramedic who knew to not try to move Angela.

The family was then airlifted to a hospital in Edmonton where Peter was immediately taken into surgery due to severe bleeding in his brain.

Angela said, “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.”

The family is recovering at home.

Sources: dailymail.co.uk, metronews.ca, elitedaily.com

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