Girl Scalped In Carnival Accident

May 10, 2016 1:39 PM by News Staff

The family of the 11-year-old girl whose scalp was ripped off when her long hair became tangled in a carnival ride at Omaha, Nebraska's Cinco de Mayo Festival spoke publicly for the first time Sunday night about what happened.

"I took these pictures after her surgery and this is my 'Lulu,'" said the mother of Elizabeth Gilreath, Virginia Cooksey during a news conference at Nebraska Medicine where her daughter is being treated. "Lulu" is the affectionate nickname the family has for the girl with the long red hair. "This is one of her favorite things. She loves her hair."

After sliding off a carnival ride seat, her hair was caught in the still spinning mechanism. "It went on for 5-10 minutes everybody told me while it ripped and pulled my daughter around," said her father, Timothy Gilreath. "They don't even know if the muscles will work and my daughter will be able to see again. That is our baby."


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