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Little girl who survived alone for two days after mum died

A THREE-YEAR-OLD girl comforted herself with her favourite toy and ate cheese, leftover lasagna and milk for two days after her mother died unexpectedly at home.

The girl's uncle, Pete Silbery, said 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 on October 19, he said.

Two days later, they were worried enough to call a friend who lived near her Wellington home in New Zealand. The friend could see the girl inside the home, but not the mother, prompting the family to call police.

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," Mr 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 nappy rash.

"She's doing okay 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."