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Girl, 5, saves family from crash by hiking barefoot for help

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 8/6/2015 MELISSA CHAN
The Shymanski family: Lexi, Angela, Travis and Peter © Go Fund Me The Shymanski family: Lexi, Angela, Travis and Peter

A heroic 5-year-old Canada girl saved her family's life after a horrific car crash by crawling out of the wreckage and climbing barefoot up a steep embankment to flag down help.

Little Lexi Shymanski managed to get herself out of her car seat and pull herself from the smashed SUV after her mother fell asleep at the wheel and veered down a 40-foot ridge, the family said.

"It's crazy," her mother Angela Shymanski told Metro. "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."

The quick-thinking tot may be the reason her mother and then-10-week-old baby brother Peter are still breathing after the June 8 wreck outside the mountainous town of Jasper in western Alberta, Canada.

She unclipped the harness on her car seat, which was lodged against the seat in front of her, opened the damaged car's passenger door and made her way up the rugged terrain without any shoes, Metro reported.

Then the brave girl flagged down a passing car and told the driver what happened.

The motorist rescued baby Peter and went back to the road to ask another driver, who ended up being a paramedic, for help with the children's unconscious mother.

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

The family started a GoFundMe page, raising more than $19,000 after the crash rendered the mom-of-two confined to a wheelchair.

Angela Shymanski, who worked as a swim teacher, broke her back in two places, underwent surgery to repair internal bleeding and had some organs removed, she said.

Peter needed neurosurgery to reduce brain swelling, but little Lexi made it out with only scratches.

The three were airlifted to a hospital, where they stayed for 19 days.

They're now recovering, but the little hero appears "blissfully unaware" of her lifesaving actions, Metro reported.

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

mchan@nydailynews.com

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