There is fresh hope for the toddler rushed to hospital after being forgotten and left strapped in a bus seat for six hours in hot weather.
Nevaeh Austin, 3, spoke to her traumatised grandmother, Pamela Parker, from her bed in Rockhampton Hospital where she remains in a critical condition.
Ms Parker said little Nevaeh is now breathing without assistance and finally communicating.
‘I spoke to Nevaeh, she’s good,’ said Ms Parker.
Capricornia Police District Detective Inspector Darrin Shadlow also said Nevaeh’s condition has ‘stablised a bit’.
Nevaeh Austin is pictured with her father Shane Austin. Mr Austin said his daughter was ‘the life of the daycare’
Earlier Ms Parker admitted being ‘numb, mortified and hysterical’ when she found out her grand-daughter was somehow left strapped in the bus all day after it collected her for daycare on Wednesday at 9am.
Nevaeh was reportedly the only child in the minivan.
But somehow she was forgotten by staff and left alone for six hours after the vehicle arrived at Smileys Early Learning Centre at Gracemere, near Rockhampton in Central Queensland.
The toddler suffered through temperatures of more than 29 degrees.
Ms Parker fought back the tears while explaining how she felt, and said the family wanted answers.
‘How does this happen? Why? Why did this happen?’ she asked, while speaking with 9 News.
‘[I’m feeling] lost, hurt, angry, scared.
‘I’m worried for my daughter. I’m worried for her mental health and how this is going to affect Nevaeh, at the end of the day and what this is going to do to her mental health.’
Ms Parker hopes the youngster won’t remember the ordeal, ‘but at the end of the day, we don’t know,’ she added.
While speaking with 7 News, the grandmother reminded childcare workers that Nevaeh is ‘someone’s daughter’.
‘This is a little girl,’ she said.
‘She’s someone’s granddaughter, she’s someone’s sister, she’s someone’s best friend.’
Pamela Parker (pictured) fought back the tears as she described the moment she found out what happened to her granddaughter
Shane Austin said his three-year-old Nevaeh has a failing kidney and needed a deep brain scan after being locked in a bus for six hours
Earlier on Thursday, the youngster’s aunt, Christy Atta-Singh, opened up about her heartache (pictured)
Ms Parker explained Nevaeh is still in hospital and very tired, but that she’s back to her ‘happy self’.
‘I’m thankful my granddaughter has pulled through but what this must be doing to her, I can’t even imagine,’ she said.
Earlier on Thursday, the youngster’s aunt, Christy Atta-Singh, opened up about her heartache.
‘Thank you to everyone that has messaged, called or offered help at this horrendous time. It’s a disheartening time for all involved,’ she wrote on Facebook.
‘Vaeh has Austin in her blood so is fighting her little heart out, and has been raised by a tough woman.’
‘It’s gut wrenching seeing and being bedside to such an innocent child.’
Ms Atta-Singh said her niece is ‘in the best hands’ and has ‘all the love and support in the world’.
The van was parked next to signs warning parents not to leave their children in hot cars (pictured)
The centre has two signs warning parents of the dangers of leaving kids in hot cars (pictured)
The bus picked Nevaeh up from her home at about 9am on Wednesday morning, but the worker and female bus driver who were supervising the toddler never helped her off the bus.
Nevaeh was left inside the bus in the carpark for six hours – just steps away from two signs warning of the dangers of leaving children in hot cars.
‘Never leave children alone in a car,’ one sign reads.
‘Four-and-a-half minutes inside of a car could be as high as 70 degrees.’
The warning also outlines health risks, including heat stress, dehydration, brain injury, serious kidney damage, and death.
‘Always check your back seat is free of passengers before leaving your car,’ the sign reads.
Nevaeh was taken to Brisbane Hospital on Wednesday night for an urgent deep brain scan and treatment on a failing kidney.
Nevaeh Austin was flown to a hospital in Brisbane where she is being treated for kidney failure after she was left in a bus (pictured) for six hours
Police swarmed the scene on Thursday morning after a little girl was found unconscious in a van (scene pictured)
Her father Shane Austin couldn’t understand how she was left in the bus.
He told the Courier-Mail on Wednesday: She’s the most loudest little girl they tell me… she’s the heart of the daycare.’
Det. Inspector Shadlow said the facility and the staff members involved have now sought legal advice.
He told reporters on Thursday that initial inquiries indicate there were breaches of policy which led to the incident, and that detectives will be ‘looking at everyone involved in this matter’.
‘We will leave no stone unturned in relation to this investigation,’ he said
‘We have assistance from the crime intelligence command, our child trauma unit in Brisbane, and photographic and forensic officers attending the scene, just so we can get to the base of what has happened.’
Nevaeh Austin was left inside a vehicle outside Le Smileys daycare centre in Gracemere (pictured)
Inspector Shadlow said the bus and day care centre have both been declared crime scenes.
The bus, which is believed to be owned by the centre, will not be allowed to be used until the declaration is lifted.
Distraught parents arrived at the school to pick up their children on Wednesday afternoon.
A senior Queensland politician has vowed an inquiry into the horrific incident will be launched as questions begin to be asked about how daycare centre staff didn’t notice the girl was missing.
The toddler is understood to have been found ‘unresponsive’ in the van outside the daycare on Lucas Street about 2.50pm when staff returned to the vehicle to do afternoon pick ups.
Queensland Ambulance Service’s Central Region operations manager Jason Thompson described the situation as ‘traumatic’ for crews who treated her and admitted he had ‘goosebumps’ talking about it.