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(SALT LAKE CITY) — A Utah toddler who survived a crash that claimed the life of her mother was released from the hospital Wednesday.

Lily Groesbeck survived 14 hours in the submerged wrecked car in freezing temperatures before being rescued by first responders on Saturday. The car was found partially in a river, with water so frigid rescuers could only stay in the water a few moments at a time.

Initially rescuers did not realize the 18-month-old was in the car, although officers and firefighters at the scene reported hearing a voice asking for help before locating Lily. Officials said they believe Lily’s mother was killed on impact.

After being rescued, Lily was initially taken to Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City in stable condition. A hospital spokesperson said that she was released on Wednesday.

“Her improvement is astounding. Right now she’s watching Dora and singing ‘Wheels on the Bus’ with Grandpa,” Lily’s aunt Jill Sanderson wrote on the family’s fundraising page earlier this week. “She is smiling and laughing for family members. We’re blown away by Lily’s progress and so grateful to her rescuers.”

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