Mother of 11-year-old injured in ride speaks

Posted at 12:40 PM, May 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-13 17:50:17-04

It's been almost a week since a freak accident at the city's Cinco de Mayo festival sent an 11-year-old girl to the hospital in critical condition.

On Friday, the girl's mother spoke to the media on her daughter's progress and the long road to recovery.


So far, Elizabeth Gilreath has undergone three surgeries to repair her scalp here at Nebraska Medicine and her mother says unfortunately there will most likely be a lot more in her daughter's future.

Virginia Cooksey says last Saturday her daughter was on the king's crown ride in South Omaha when somehow she fell out of her seat and her hair became caught in the ride, tearing her scalp.


Family wants answers after carnival ride critically injures 11-year-old

Child injured on Cinco de Mayo carnival ride

Gilreath was rushed to Nebraska Medicine in critical condition.

The little girl is now in fair condition and undergoing daily leech therapy treatments to help with blood circulation and prevent clotting.


She also goes to oxygen therapy and physical therapy.

Cooksey says she hopes her daughter's tragic accident brings about some sort of change to help make carnival rides safer.

There are two ways you can help the little girl with her medical costs. There is a gofundme page for Lulu and an account set up at Wells Fargo banks called "LuLu's Donations."