How Toddler Survived 14 Hours in Submerged Car

Lynn Jennifer Groesbeck, 25, died when her car veered off of a Utah highway and landed on its roof, partially submerged in the Spanish Fork River. The car was obscured from the road and finally spotted the next day by a fisherman who called emergency dispatch. A team of rescuers raced to the scene and heaved the car onto its side, and noticed a baby — still strapped into her car seat, upside down and inches away from the icy water.

Little Lily was unconscious but still alive, reports “Good Morning America”.


Can you imagine?!

The biggest factor in the little girl’s survival was the car seat. Even though the child was trapped (and upside down), she was safely strapped into a properly attached child safety seat. The seat kept her suspended above the water (dry and cold temperatures are more survivable than wet and cold). Lily spent those estimated 14 hours wearing fleece pants and a sweatshirt in the extreme cold, and without food or drink.

Doctors say that children are generally more resilient than adults. In the cold, the little girl’s body prioritized blood flow to her heart, brain, and other crucial organs. Adults can be more vulnerable in these types of accidents because they may have damaged their organs by smoking, drinking, or consuming a high-fat diet which can lessen their ability to survive trauma. Another factor is Lily’s age. Toddlers usually have some baby fat which could help keep them warm in the frigid cold.

The baby is recovering in a local hospital, where her condition has rapidly improved. She is smiling and laughing for family members who rushed to her side.

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