This Toddler Survived For Two Days Alone After Her Mom Died!

Sun, November 6, 2011 12:00pm EST by 4 Comments

All alone, a three-year-old girl fed herself cheese and leftover lasagne to stay alive after her mom suddenly died!

Little Shylah Silbery waited alone in her locked house for two days before being rescued, fending for herself. “Mummy won’t wake up,” she told authorities when they arrived, according to The Daily Mail!

When relatives of Shylah’s mother, 28-year-old Lauren Silbery, hadn’t heard from her in a few days, they contacted police. The authorities went to the property in Wellington, New Zealand and found the toddler hugging her favorite teddy bear.

They coaxed Shylah to drag a coffee table to the door, and she climbed up and unlocked it! The found the mother face down next to her bed, where her daughter said she wasn’t waking up.

Shylah had been feeding herself with the food she could find in the fridge — milk, cheese and leftover lasagne! She was taken to the hospital for dehydration and urine burns.

“I can only imagine her in there for that long, trying to wake Mum up,” her uncle Pete Silbery said. “She’s doing okay now. She’s still bubbly. When we lowered the coffin into the grave at the cemetery, though, she pointed at it and said, ‘Mummy’s in there.’ It was pretty heartbreaking.”

Lauren’s mother Heather said she asked a neighbor to go over to Lauren’s house after she hadn’t heard from her. When the neighbor couldn’t contact Lauren, Heather said her gut instinct told her something was wrong.

“Lauren wouldn’t have done anything silly,” she said. “She loved Shylah so much and was a devoted mum. But I knew exactly what had happened. It’s a mother’s instinct. Her daughter was everything to her. She was the type of person who has a nice way of bringing people together.”

Shylah’s grandmother is proud of the girl’s survival skills. “Just how resourceful my little granddaughter was. She was brilliant.”

HollyMoms, what do YOU think? We’re so sad Shylah lost her mom and amazed at her ability to take care of herself!

-Anna Moeslein

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Posted at 10:10 PM on November 6, 2011  

I am a single mom to a 2.5 year old and this is always my worst fear….that something will happen to me while home alone with my son. This is heartbreaking and I pray the family can heal and this little girl grows up knowing how special she is.

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Posted at 7:45 PM on November 6, 2011  

Ciars, I have to disagree with you. Not every three year old could get basic necessity’s. Many three year olds are not self sufficient at all. It’s very sad that the poor girl had to go through that. She did a great job taking care of herself.

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Posted at 1:06 PM on November 6, 2011  

Why did the mom die? Does anyone ever say? And any 3 year old could get there basic necessitys for a few days. But still a sad situation

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Posted at 2:32 AM on November 11, 2011  

I’m from New Zealand, and read in the local paper that the mother died from a heartache in her sleep, then fell out of the bed, and was lying on the floor. This is why the toddler was trying to wake her mum up. Its so sad, the girl did so well coping, and would have been very sore been in the same nappy for 2days!! poor thing. my heart goes out to the family

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