SPANISH FORK, Utah (MEDIA GENERAL) – “Her improvement is astounding,” wrote Lily Groesbeck’s aunt, Jill Sanderson on the family’s gofundme site (gofundme.com/jennyandlily).
Eighteen-month-old Lily was found in a frigid Utah river after being strapped in a car seat upside-down for some 14 hours before being found by a fisherman. Her mother, Lynn “Jenny” Groesbeck, 25, was found dead in the car, police said Sunday.
Her family posted an update on Lily’s incredible improvement since the crash. “Right now, she’s watching Dora and singing ‘Wheels on the Bus’ with grandpa,” her aunt wrote. “She is smiling and laughing for family members. We’re blown away by Lily’s progress and so grateful to her rescuers.”
The fisherman discovered the car on its top about 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the Spanish Fork River in Spanish Fork, about 50 miles south of Salt Lake City. Investigators think the wreck happened at 10:30 p.m. Friday when someone who lives near the scene heard a noise, but didn’t see anything unusual.
Lily was found hanging upside down above the river that flowed through the car, and the water never reached high enough to touch her. The temperature dipped to the low- to mid-30s overnight while the girl was trapped in the car.
A fund has been set up to help with funeral expenses and medical care costs. The fund requested $8,000 and as of Tuesday had raised $45,000. More than 1,300 people donated in about 24 hours from all over the world.
“We are beyond thankful for the love and support that has been shown from all over the world. We are blown away by the donations and prayers!” the site says.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.