Girl, 11, Who Was Scalped on Carnival Ride Finally Gets to Go Home
A Nebraska girl who was nearly killed when a carnival ride accident left her almost totally scalped last month has finally returned home.
The mother of 11-year-old Elizabeth Gilreath, nicknamed Lulu, posted the happy news to Facebook late Tuesday.
"Yes, lulu got to come home today. Now we can finally try to get back to normal... Normal as life can be," Virginia Cooksey wrote.
The news came just a days after Lulu bravely decided to appear in public for the first time since her ordeal.
Though Cooksey has been speaking out since the accident during a Cinco de Mayo celebration in Omaha, the Nebraska Medicine said the public appearance was the girl's idea.
"[Elizabeth] joined us at the last minute. It was a complete surprise," the hospital's publicist Taylor Wilson told InsideEdition.com. "Ten minutes beforehand, her mom said Elizabeth was up for it."
Her can-do attitude continued through the press conference. Elizabeth smiled and giggled as her mom updated the public on her status.
"It's what keeps me going. It's what keeps me strong," Cooksey said when she was asked about her daughter's laughter.
As fate would have it, Lulu giggled in response to her mom's answer, demonstrating her positive outlook throughout her treatment despite having a long road of healing ahead.
Lulu spent weeks in pediatric intensive care and has undergone several surgeries to reattach her severed scalp. She faces more medical hurdles as time goes on.
Thankfully, Lulu is taking her recovery one day at a time.
"Elizabeth is a very tough patient," her mom said Friday.
Lulu was on a ride called the King's Crown when tragedy struck as she got her hair caught in the ride's spinning mechanism.
A subsequent report concluded that mechanical malfunction was not the cause of the accident.