A five-year-old girl has been hailed a hero for hiking barefoot up a cliff to get help after her mother and baby brother were knocked out in a freak car crash that sent their SUV hurtling down a 40-foot embankment.
Angela Shymanski was driving her children from Calgary to their home in Prince George, British Columbia, when she unexpectedly passed out behind the wheel and veered off the cliff road into a tree in June.
Her daughter Lexi awoke with a few scratches to see her mother slumped unconscious and her brother crying. Angela had broken her back, little Peter had bleeding on the brain, and they could not be seen from the road near Jasper, Alberta, Canada.
Lexi managed to unfasten her five-strap car seat and climb up the steep and rocky embankment to flag down drivers.
If she hadn’t 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.
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