Rescue of toddler who survived crash caught on video

SPANISH FORK (CNN) – “There’s a baby. There’s a baby.”

The frantic voices of rescuers can be heard on the body-cam video showing the moment baby Lily was found one week ago. The 18-month-old girl hung upside down after her mother’s carcrashed and flipped into a frigid Utah river hours earlier.

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A firefighter is seen lifting her tiny body, wrapped in pink, from the red car where Lily’s mother, Lynn Jennifer Groesbeck, 25, lost her life. The car landed on its roof in the Spanish Fork River.

From the murky waters, the rescuer handed baby Lily to a police officer — who dashed up the rocky banks of the Spanish Fork, pressing the infant close to his chest for warmth.

“Got it,” the officer is heard saying.

Lily was freezing.

“Come on, baby,” he said. “She definitely hypothermic.”

On the ambulance, the officer pats little Lily on the back in an attempt to get her breathing. Lily was on her side. She looks pake, her tiny arm appears stiff.

“Come on, sweetie,” the officer implored. “Come on, sweetie.”

On the ambulance ride to a hospital, rescuers performed CPR. They tried to warm her.

“We’ll almost there,” one rescuer is heard to say. “Are you getting a pulse?”

“I cant feel anything,” said another.

At the hospital minutes later, as Lily was rushed into the emergency room, she vomited.

“We’ve been doing CPR on her,” the officer told emergency room personnel. “She’s been throwing up a little bit.”

Those moments captured by the body-cam video — which first aired on CNN affiliate KSL — were crucial.

Another important factor was a car seat.

Lily was in the proper car seat for her age and the seat appears to have been properly attached.

Even though the child was trapped and upside down, her body remained in the seat and above the frigid water. Doctors say that such low temperatures are dangerous, but even more dangerous if the baby had gotten wet.

“She seems to be doing great,” said Officer Jason Howard of the Spanish Fork Police Department. “We were able to get together with her and her family. She was happy and smiling. Seemed to be a normal and happy, healthy baby.”

Howard said the toddler was temporarily staying with aunt and uncle.

Her father, Deven Trafny, 34, was out of town on a job at the time of the accident, KUTV reported. He rushed to his daughter’s side as soon as he heard.

Trafny said that Lily is awake and has been singing nursery rhymes. Video of the two of them at a hospital shows her waving at a camera.

“She knows everything she knew before anything happened. It’s amazing. Doctors say it’s amazing,” he said.

Lily might have died unseen with her mother had a man not gone fishing in that particular spot last Saturday. The angler waded into the river around noon, then noticed the car wheels-up in the water. The fisherman called emergency dispatch.

The water was so cold that, when the rescue was over, seven of the men involved had to be treated for hypothermia.

They heaved the car onto its side and saw Groesbeck in the driver’s seat. It was clear to them that she was dead.

Lily was still strapped into her seat, where she may have been for 14 hours, if the wreck occurred at about 10:30 Friday night, as police believe.

Trafny described Groesbeck as the love of his life, according to KUTV: “I’m going to miss her a lot. I still have to deal with that.”

But he also considers himself lucky to still have his daughter — healthy and alive.

“I’m just blessed. I’m counting all my blessings right now,” said Trafny.

CNN’s Elizabeth Cohen, Dana Ford and John Newsome contributed to this story.

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