1. Boy, 10, kept his sisters warm for four hours after a car crash killed his mum.
A 10-year-old boy showed immense bravery in keeping his sisters warm and alive for four hours after a car crash killed his mother and rendered his father unconscious.
It was around 2am on February 1, 2018, when a Toyota Tundra carrying the family-of-five home from vacation hit a post on the side of the freeway in Wyoming in the US, the Casper Star Tribune reports.
Father-of-three Samuel Smith, 31, tried to steer the truck back onto the road after the collision but it was too late. The vehicle hit a bridge guardrail and flipped over the edge of the overpass, landing top-down on the service road below.
Both adults suffered head trauma and were unconscious, leaving the three children - aged one, three, and 10 - in the back of the car without comfort or warmth. It was the middle of the night in near-freezing temperatures and help wouldn't arrive until a passerby called emergency services at 6am the following morning.
Ten-year-old Ryan managed to manoeuvre himself out of his seat, and kept his little sisters warm as they waited for help.
According to a GoFundMe page for the family, the car wasn't discovered until just before 6am.
Thirty-year-old mother Kymbrlee was pronounced dead at the scene and Samuel was flown to the University of Utah Medical Centre to receive treatment for a brain bleed and several facial fractures. The children were also taken to hospital but later released with minimal injuries.