Girl, 5, helps save mum

BRAVE: Lexi, 5, (far left) with her mum Angela Shymanski, brother Peter and dad Travis Shymanski.
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Several weeks after a serious car crash, a five-year-old girl in Canada has been hailed a hero.

Lexi Shymanski hiked up a cliff to call for help when her mother's car careened off an embankment with her brother inside.

The girl woke up with minor injuries after her mother fainted behind the wheel, crashed into a tree and plunged down the cliff, reported the Canada Journal.

Little Lexi discovered that her mother was unconscious, while her brother, 10-week-old Peter, was bleeding from the head and crying.

The incident took place in June while Ms Angela Shymanski was driving her children from Calgary to their home in Prince George, British Columbia. Lexi managed to extricate herself and hiked barefoot up the cliff. She then flagged down passing drivers.

The first driver to stop was a paramedic - who knew not to move Ms Shymanski.

"If they would have jostled me a little bit, I might have been completely paralysed," Ms Shymanski, a swimming instructor who is still recovering from the accident, told the Metro newspaper.

On her daughter's bravery, she said: "It's crazy. I only can remember one or two times where she got out of her five-point harness previously."

Ms Shymanski, said that a man who was at the scene told her the medics and the firemen needed ropes to get up and down that embankment, and Lexi did it barefooted.

"It was only because she came up and flagged people down that anybody would have stopped," she said.

If Lexi had not gone to get help, her mother and brother could have died or been left paralysed for life.

But now, they look set to make a full recovery.

Ms Shymanski suffered several injuries including small fractures in her neck and upper back, reported local TV station CBC News.

Peter had a small bleed in his brain but will suffer no permanent damage. Lexi only suffered a scratch.

Ms Shymanski credited good parenting for her daughter's willingness to spring into action.

"Teaching her independence and teaching her the difference between bad strangers and good people, good strangers," she said.

This article was first published on August 4, 2015. Get The New Paper for more stories.