UPDATE: Her family revealed that, in a miraculous twist, she had since “spoken” to them and was breathing on her own.
“I spoke to Nevaeh, she’s good,” the girl’s devastated grandmother, Pamela Parker, told 9 News.
“I’m thankful my granddaughter has pulled through but what this must be doing to her, I can’t even imagine.”
After being left on a minibus in sweltering heat in central Queensland and leaving her unconcious, a three-year-old girl has woken up and smiling.
On Wednesday afternoon, Nevaeh Austin was discovered unresponsive inside her vehicle outside the Le Smileys Early Learning Centre, in Rockhampton, when the temperature reached nearly 30 degrees.
She was transported to Queensland Children’s Hospital in Brisbane after being taken to Rockhampton Base Hospital in a severe condition.
Pamela Parker, Nevaeh’s grandmother, told Sunrise on Friday that she is “doing great” and in stable condition.
“She is speaking, she’s telling me that she loves her nanny, she loves her brother and sister,” she added.
“She’s squealing, laughing, being silly, poking her tongue out, hiding.
“She’s doing awesome.”
Parker said Nevaeh’s recovery is a huge relief for her parents, who were worried their little child “wasn’t going to make it,” and thanked the medical staff for saving her life.
“They were doing absolutely everything to keep her going, and they’ve done a marvellous job to keep her here with us,” she said.
Nevaeh was picked up from a Gracemere home by childcare employees in the centre’s van about 9 a.m. on Wednesday. Police are investigating how she ended up on the bus.
The small girl was the sole child picked up on the run by a female driver and another worker, according to police.
She was discovered shortly before 3 p.m. by a worker ready to make the afternoon school pick-up run.