Baby Lily released from hospital after recovering from crash that killed her mother

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SALT LAKE CITY - Baby Lily, the 18-month-old girl who survived the Spanish Fork car accident that killed her mother,  was released from the hospital Wednesday, and her father said the girl's recovery so far is "amazing."

The toddler's grandmother told FOX 13 Lily was released at about 3 p.m.

Lily Groesbeck's father, Devin Trafny, said his daughter is happy and singing appears to be doing much better.

Baby Lily recovering in hospital - Deven Trafny

Baby Lily recovering in hospital - Deven Trafny

"I'm overwhelmed with joy right now," Trafny said. "She's just a miracle to me. I'm just blessed to still have her, you know?"

"I just thank all those people who kept my daughter here with me on this earth," Trafny said. "God bless them all and all the people that supported us and all the prayers that went out."

Trafny said he didn't know if his daughter would be able to recover, but Wednesday he said signs were promising.

"She's doing all of her nursery rhymes--no more monkeys on the bed, the wheels on the bus--she knows everything she knew before anything happened, it's amazing," he said.

A GoFundMe page page has been set up to help pay for funeral costs and Lily’s ongoing medical care.

Trafny sent a statement after speaking with Fox 13 Wednesday:

"Today I want to speak publicly about the events from the past few days. Until now, I have been focusing totally on Lily, and I have spent every day at her bedside.

Lily came into the hospital Saturday in critical condition, and today she’s in great condition – she’s happy, playing, talking, and even reciting her nursery rhymes. Except for a few bruises, she has made a remarkable recovery.

I am grateful for my daughter’s life, and I want to thank everyone who helped her in this difficult experience, the doctors and staff at the hospital and the rescue teams. She is alive today because of all of you.

Now we will focus on rebuilding our lives after the loss of Lily’s mother, Jenny.

I’m lucky to have such great support from my family and Jenny’s family. And I want to thank all those who gave financial support and expressed their concern for our family. I will be forever grateful for all of you.

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    • Nathan

      Because the father’s name is actually spelled Deven. And he has an arrest history longer than you can imagine. If he has a chance of getting custody of this baby, CPS needs to be called for Sibling at Risk and possibly Child Endangerment.

  • Colleen Hamson

    Fox news desperately needs to become more educated. If this young woman had a chronic pain condition, the marijuana would have been the healthier choice for treatment. It is an irrefutable fact. The syringe was most likely going to be used in a vaporizer so there would be no smoke involved. I know this, not because I indulge but because information flows much freer in my state than in hers. Utah has led the nation in prescription drug abuse. The evidence clearly shows that she was most likely seeking an alternative to the pharmaceuticals.

  • R-oberts Lee April

    The “evidence” is conclusive of nothing at this stage other than a tragic accident and nobody should be drawing conclusions whatsoever about this young mother or why the baby has not gone home with her father. Conjectures on drug use or reasons thereof were not known as of the time of this report. The press releases information as it comes but not necessarily in the correct context. This is unfortunate. At this stage I just pray that this little child recovers completely and can live a happy life in spite of the loss of her mother. At this point that is all that matters.

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