She broke her neck, arms, wrist, leg and ribs.
But that didn’t stop a mom from crawling her way up a steep embankment to save her daughter.
Kristen Hiebert and her daughter Avery were driving home from Glenboro to Boissevain Sunday night when their vehicle slid off the road and rolled down a huge embankment, out of sight in the darkness.
As temperatures dipped below -20 C that night, Hiebert and her daughter huddled to keep warm, hoping someone would notice them and come to their rescue. No one did.
The next morning, Hiebert decided to take matters into her own, frozen hands.
She crawled up the embankment towards the road and managed to flag down a passing vehicle.
They were taken to hospital and flown by STARS to Health Sciences Centre.
Morgan Campbell is Hiebert’s long-time friend.
She says Avery, 4, was treated for frostbite on her foot, but is ok.
Hiebert has had multiple surgeries for her broken bones.
“On top of that she has some frostbite that is quite severe on both her feet, as well as her inner thigh. We’re not sure what we’re going to do with the frostbite at this time. We’re just going to give it some time and hope it improves,” Campbell said.
Campbell has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for Hiebert’s family. She says they will use the money for Kristen’s care in case she needs something to help with her mobility. She says family is also taking time off work to be with them.
She says she’s amazed by her friend’s actions, but not surprised by what she did to save her daughter.
“She’s an amazing woman. An amazing mother and she’s not had an easy life. So yes, she’s a strong, strong, courageous woman.”
(Photo from the GoFundMe page)