18 Month-Old Lily’s Survival Story is One for the Ages

Even though the Winter months are just about behind us, it isn’t too late to discuss a flat-out impossible to believe story of survival. An 18-month old girl named Lily was found strapped in her car seat, in her mother’s car that was now floating in the Spanish Fork River (Utah). Though Lily’s mom, 25-year old Lynn Jennifer Groesbeck, was no longer living, the toddler somehow managed to survive the near-freezing temperatures for more than 12 hours.

Improbable Perseverance

Because Lily is barely over a year old, investigators and the fishermen who found her have had an impossible time trying to piece together what happened. What they do know, however, is that the little girl was stranded with no food or water in temperatures most conventionally thinking people would kill someone so young.

As it stands, investigators think that Lily’s mother hit a cement highway barrier, lost control of her SUV, and ended up in the river. The investigation continues, so we all hope that more information will somehow be uncovered. According to scientific experts, Lily’s survival is not as crazy as it may seem. According to Dr. Barbara Walsh, of UMass Medical Center, “It’s amazing; children are very resilient. And I think sometimes we don’t realize how much they actually can withstand.” She went on to talk about the cold temperatures possibly even helping Lily survive this extraordinary ordeal. The body, when subjected to hypothermia, sees all functions slow down, including breathing, and this actually helps the body preserve energy it is actively losing to the cold weather conditions.

At the end of the day, no matter how improbable this story of survival seems, Lily’s survival all comes down to the fact that her mother effectively strapped her into her car seat. Without properly equipping the car seat it is highly likely that Lily would have either been ejected from the vehicle or drown in the frigid waters.

Ms. Lily’s family released a statement recently, and it read as follows: “Her improvement is astounding. Right now she’s watching ‘Dora’ and singing ‘Wheels on the Bus’ with grandpa. She is smiling and laughing for family members. We’re blown away by Lily’s progress and so grateful to her rescuers.” The investigation into what exactly happened that day will continue, but for now we are all going to continue marveling at how Lily was able to survive. The human body is resilient, we all know that, but this story shows just how much we can endure. What’s more, it goes to show that even the youngest among us, infants, can stand up to the tests Mother Nature dishes out.

Unlike most other survival stories, there really isn’t much that little Lily could have done to prepare herself for what happened that day. She was nothing more than a victim of an unfortunate situation, though I am sure this is something she will remember for the rest of her life. Survival in freezing conditions is never an easy task, but for someone with no survival skills to survive near freezing temperatures for more than a half day, now that is something worth talking about.