The family of three-year-old Nevaeh Austin — who was found unconscious after being left on a daycare bus for more than six hours — has shared a photo of her recovering in hospital.
A photo of Shane Austin with his daughter was posted on Facebook by a family friend on Friday, showing her sleeping on the hospital bed with a toy lamb next to her.
The toddler is now in a stable condition and is conscious.
“I talked to Shane (Nevaeh’s father) today (Friday) and she is getting there but it is going to be a long road ahead for all of them not only medically but also emotionally,” the family friend wrote on Facebook, alongside the pictures.
On Thursday, Nevaeh's grandmother said she is recovering well and has spoken to her family.
“I’m thankful my granddaughter has pulled through,” Pamela Parker told Channel 7 on Thursday.
“She’s doing all right. She’s tired, but she’s breathing on her own.
“She’s her happy self.”
Investigation is ongoing
Nevaeh was left in the minibus on Wednesday as the temperatures hit 28C outside Le Smileys Early Learning Centre at Gracemere, near Rockhampton.
She was found at around 3pm in a critical condition and was rushed to Rockhampton Hospital before being transported to Brisbane overnight, Queensland Police said.
Her father Shane Austin told local publications she had been picked up at 9am, believing she had been on the bus since 9:30am.
Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll says the investigation into how she was left on the minibus is continuing.
"I want my staff to be extraordinarily thorough about this to get the bottom of what occurred in Gracemere," she told reporters on Friday.
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