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Girl briefly speaks after ride rips hair, scalp

Posted at 10:57 PM, Jun 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-03 23:57:11-04

The 11-year-old Omaha girl whose hair and scalp were torn off at a Cinco de Mayo carnival last month showed off her recovery Friday.

Elizabeth Lulu Gilreath joined her mother, Virginia Cooksey, in front of reporters at Nebraska medicine.

Gilreath briefly spoke about her condition and her recovery. Cooksey said she would have her sixth procedure Monday, as doctors continue working to graft skin back on her scalp. Cooksey said her daughter’s vision had returned to both eyes, but not completely.

Gilreath was on a ride at the south Omaha Cinco de Mayo celebration when she slid in a carnival seat. Her long, red hair became caught in the mechanism, which ripped both her hair and scalp off.

Lulu Gilreath did not talk about the incident, but was almost jovial at times as she talked about her hospital care.
Click the video link to hear from her.