On June 8, Angela Shymanski had her five-year-old daughter, Lexi, and her infant son, Peter, with her in the car when she fell asleep at the wheel, The Prince George Citizen reports.
The car hit a tree and dropped a total of 40 feet down an embankment.
Minutes later, Lexi regained consciousness because of her brother’s crying, but noticed her mother was still unresponsive.
That’s when Lexi knew she had to spring into action.
Angela tells CBC News that her daughter thought about what her mom would do in that situation.
“I said ‘Lexi, what made you do that?’ And she said, ‘I thought what would mommy say if she was awake? Mommy would say, go get help.’ And so she got help.”
Lexi, who suffered only minor injuries, managed to unlock her five-point harness and escape her car seat. Then she climbed up the bank — barefoot — all the way to the road and flagged a car down for help.
Luckily a family of three pulled over, along with a paramedic, to help Peter and Angela.
The father of the family climbed down the embankment to grab Peter from the car. The paramedic didn’t move Angela because of her injuries, and stayed with her until she regained consciousness.
The paramedics and firefighters who arrived at the scene had to use ropes to get up and down the embankment. Angela still can’t believe her five-year-old daughter was able to do it without help and without shoes.
Angela suffered a broken back and extensive internal injuries. Peter, who was just 10 weeks old, had a small bleed in his brain.
Both mom and baby are out of the hospital and recovering, thanks to Lexi.
The Shymanskis have set up a GoFundMe account to help pay for the families medical expenses. So far, people have donated almost $20,000 to the family.
Angela and her husband, Travis, are so thankful for their daughter’s heroic actions and report that both their children are doing very well.