The Royal Canadian Humane Association awarded 5-year-old Lexi Shymanski a bronze medal for her bravery in saving her mother and 10-week-old baby brother.
Lexi was in her car seat in the back of the family’s SUV when her mother, Angela Shymanski, fell asleep at the wheel. She was driving to their home in Prince George, B.C. from Jasper when the accident occurred..
The SUV steered away from the road and fell off a 12-meter embankment. It crashed into a tree and turned upside down, reported Inside Edition.
Lexi was the first one to gain consciousness following the crash. She awoke to her baby brother’s cries and tried first to wake up her mother.
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When her mom would not answer back, she decided to take matters into her own hands. She knew there was no help coming their way unless she did something about it.
Lexi released the five-point harness of her car seat and pushed the airbag away. She kicked the door of the vehicle and opened the jammed door before finally getting out of the damaged vehicle.
Then she walked barefoot up the steep slope and waved at the passing vehicles on the day until one of them stopped for her.
When the medical finally arrived at the scene, they found Lexi’s mom and brother severely injured.
While the little boy required only a six-day hospital stay, Lexi’s mother had to be resuscitated twice on her way to the hospital and had to undergo surgery for broken back as well as other extensive internal injuries.
Lexi survived with nothing more than a scratch on her chin and a sore neck.
Her father, Travis, told the reporters during the awards ceremony that only a few months before the crash, he and his wife talked to Lexi about how to get help in case of emergency.
Travis has encouraged every parent to prepare their kids for such a situation by exposing them to the right information.
In a similar incident, a 9-year-old boy named J.T. Parker also acted courageously to save his father from being crushed under a car.
The young boy was nominated by the American Red Cross as one of the eleven “East Idaho Real Heroes” for 2017.