Girl, 3, eats leftovers for 2 days after mom dies

In this undated photo released by family, three-year-old Shylah Silbery poses for a photo in New Zealand. Shylah Silbery, 3, comforted herself with her favorite toy and ate cheese, leftover lasagna and milk for two days after her mother died unexpectedly in their Wellington home, New Zealand. (AP Photo/courtesy of family via The New Zealand Herald) NEW ZEALAND OUT, AUSTRALIA OUTWELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A 3-year-old girl comforted herself with her favorite toy and ate cheese, leftover lasagna and milk for two days after her mother died unexpectedly in their New Zealand home.

The girl's uncle, Pete Silbery, told The Associated Press on Friday that Shylah Silbery managed to open the fridge and comfort herself with a teddy bear named "Possum" after Lauren Silbery, 28, died.

The family last spoke to Lauren Silbery on Oct. 19, he said. Two days later, they were worried enough to call a friend who lived near her Wellington home. The friend could see the girl inside the home, but not the mother, prompting the family to call police, Pete Silbery said.

Police coaxed Shylah to drag a coffee table to the door so she could reach the lock and unlock the door, before she told them, "Mummy won't wake up," Silbery said.

"I can only imagine her in there for that long, trying to wake Mum up as well," he said.

Shylah spent several days in a hospital recovering from dehydration and diaper rash.

"She's doing OK now. She's still bubbly," he said. "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."

Authorities are awaiting the results of an autopsy but don't believe Lauren Silbery's death was suspicious, Wellington police spokesman Victoria Davis said.

source: Yahoo Singapore news


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It is really heartbreaking. She's so innocent and unaware of what had just happened. I can't imagine what she had been feeling at that time, feeding herself, all alone in the house literally, thinking that her mom is just sleeping and won't wake up. I just hope that soon she'll be able to understand what had happened and she'll live a happy life even without her mom beside her because I am pretty sure that her mom is watching out from her from above.

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2 Responses to “Girl, 3, eats leftovers for 2 days after mom dies”

  1. I am touched and moved the way the little girl managed to live without her mom. She was so innocent to know that her mom would never wake up. But as she could see her mom, there was hope that her mom would wake up for sure. I just can imagine how the little girl must have felt when she realised that her mom was never going to come back.

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