Five year old girl has been hailed a hero for climbing up a cliff to seek help after her mother and baby brother were knocked out in a freak car crash that causes their SUV veered down a 40-foot embankment.
On their way to their home in Prince George, British Columbia, Angela Shymansky unexpectedly passed out behind the wheel and their SUV veered off the cliff and hit on the tree last June.
Her five-year-old daughter Lexi awoke with few scratches to see her mother unconscious and her brother crying. Angela had broken her back, little peter had bleeding on the head, and they could not be seen from the road near Jasper, Alberta, Canada.
Lexi managed to unhook her five-strap car seat and climb up the steep and rocky embankment to seek help.
If she had not gone to get help, Angela and Peter could have died or been left paralyzed for life. But, incredibly, they look set to make a full recovery.
Angela, a swimming instructor who is still recovering six weeks later, told Metro: ‘It’s crazy.
‘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.’
‘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.’
‘It was only because she came up and flagged people down that anybody would have stopped.’
Amazingly, the first driver to stop was a paramedic – who knew not to move Angela.
Angela told Metro that, ‘If they would have jostled me a little bit, I might have been completely paralyzed.’
All three were airlifted to a hospital in Edmonton, where Lexi was treated for minor injuries Peter was treated for a brain injury.
Angela broke her back in two places and required CPR, breaking more bones.
After a 19-day stint in hospital, she is now back home with husband Travis, who has taken a leave of absence from work to care for the children.
As they work on trying to make ends meet, they remain astonished by Lexi. ‘It’s amazing and we’re just so glad she did that,’ Angela said.