JASPER, Canada — The heroic actions of a 5-year-old girl saved the lives of her mother and baby brother after a horrific car crash in Canada.
On June 8, Lexi Shymanski’s mother fell asleep at the wheel outside the mountainous town of Jasper, Canada, driving the family SUV off a steep 40 foot embankment and crashing into a tree at the bottom, according to the Metro News.
After she awoke to the cries of her 10-week-old brother, Peter, little Lexi knew she had to act. The girl was able to unbuckle herself from her carseat, crawl out of the wreckage, climb up the steep embankment barefoot and flag down help. These actions may be the only reason her mother and brother are still alive.
“I only can remember one or two times where she got out of her five-point harness previously,” Lexi’s mother Angela Shymanski told the Metro. “It’s amazing and we’re just so glad she did that.”
Two men stopped to help. Luckily one was a paramedic who knew not to move Angela. She had broken her back in two places, and even the slightest nudge could’ve left her paralyzed.
The family was taken to a local hospital before being airlifted to a facility in Edmonton. Lexi suffered only
minor injuries, but both baby Peter and Angela had to undergo surgery. They are reportedly recovering well, and the family has raised over $19,000 through GoFundMe to cover medical costs.
Now back at home, Angela says her daughter seems blissfully unaware of how much her efforts helped save her family’s lives.
“She just doesn’t know what it means,” She said. “She’s just five years old and so happy to be home and playing with her dog and her ducks.”