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Girl (5) saved her family after their car plummeted off a road

They have been inundated with help after the incident.
Aug 3rd 2015, 3:17 PM 27,593 7

A FIVE-YEAR-old girl became a hero when she saved her family’s lives after a car crash in Canada.

Their story has now come to light after a Go Fund Me page was set up to try and raise money for the family, who are dealing with the medical implications of the crash.

On June 8, mum Angela Shymanski, daughter Lexi (5) and 10-week-old son Peter were in their car on their way home from a holiday when it veered down a 40-foot embankment.

Shymanski had fallen asleep at the wheel and was rendered unconscious.

Her daughter managed to get out of her harness and climb up the embankment and get help. Her heroic deed saved her mum and brother’s lives – Angela had broken her back in two places and needed CPR.

She had major surgery and now uses a wheelchair. Her son had to have neurosurgery to alleviate swelling on his brain. Lexi escaped with scratches and an injury to her neck.

Raising funds

According to their Go Fund Me page, the family are now in need of funds, as Angela has lost her job as a swim instructor, while her husband Travis had to take leave from work to care for his wife and their children.

Though their aim was to raise $5,000, so far the family have raised $17k from well-wishers.

Angela told the Prince George Citizen newspaper it has “been just amazing how people have helped us”.

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