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5-Year-Old Girl Saves Family After Car Crash (Photos)

| by Jonathan Constante

A 5-year-old Canadian girl may very well have saved her family's life by flagging down help after her mother crashed their car.

The incident occurred on June 8. Angela Shymanski was driving near a mountainous area when she fell asleep at the wheel and veered down a 40-foot ridge, the New York Daily News reported. She had her 5-year-old daughter and 10-week-old son in the vehicle.

That's when 5-year-old Lexi Shymanski took action. She unclipped herself from the car seat, pulled herself out of the smashed SUV door and climbed up the ridge barefoot to flag down some help.

"It's crazy," Angela told Metro News. "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."

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Lexi was able to get someone to stop. She informed the driver of what happened, and the motorist was able to pull the 10-week-old baby out from the wreckage. He then went back to the road to ask another passerby for help with the mother.

The passerby happened to be a paramedic. Together, they were able to pull Angela from the wreckage, as well.

"It's amazing and we're just so glad she did that," Angela said.

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The family was airlifted to a nearby hospital.

Angela, who was a swim teacher, broke her back in two places. She underwent surgery to repair internal bleeding and had some organs removed. Ten-week-old Peter needed neurosurgery to reduce brain swelling. The mother and son spent a total of 19 days in the hospital.

Lexi left the crash with just a few scratches.

A GoFundMe page was set up by the family. They raised more than $19,000 to help the mother-of-two, who is now in a wheelchair.

The family is currently recovering. Angela said her daughter is "blissfully unaware" of her courageous actions.

"She just doesn't know what it means," Angela said. "She's just 5 years old and so happy to be home and playing with her dog and her ducks."

Social media users praised Lexi for saving her family.

"Thank God she was a brave little girl. I am so glad that you are all safe," wrote one Facebook user. "I believe God was telling her what to do to get help. I cried when I [saw] this. But happy that you are all good. Keep the faith. Gos will always be there for you."

"Wow -- I am in tears. Thank you God for giving this little girl such strength to save her family," wrote another.

"Such sweet little angel and couple of big ones who stopped to lend their wings," commented another user. "Love it!"

Sources: New York Daily News, Metro News, GoFundMe, Shared/Facebook / Photo credit: Andrey Belenko/FlickrGoFundMe

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