Lulu Gilreath Shops For New Wigs After A Horrific Carnival Accident
An 11-year-old girl was horrifically injured in a carnival accident this past May. Elizabeth Gilreath was riding "The King’s Crown" at a Cinco de Mayo festival in Omaha, NE, when her hair got caught in the spinning ride. The incident left her with a fractured skull and the loss of most of her scalp. From the Daily Mail:
According to witnesses, the ride had just started when the girl's red curls were caught in a mechanism, and she began screaming. 'There's nothing we could do and so I stood up and I was like yelling, I was like, "Stop the ride. Stop the freaking ride," said Elizabeth's friend, Aushanay Allen, who took video of her pal just before her horrifying ordeal. Surveillance video of the park show's the ride's conductor running off to get help, but one mom who was standing nearby says the ride was still moving despite the girl's screams.Lulu was pulled from the ride only to immediately lose consciousness. The ride may have violently thrashed her anywhere between 5 and 10 minutes. When Lulu was first taken to the hospital, doctors didn’t think she was going to make it. However, Lulu pulled through and is now exceeding everyone’s expectations on recovery. Over the past four months, she has had multiple skin grafts and surgeries. She's been in great spirits even though the pain has been unbearable at times.
Now, the biggest battle for the little girl is battling the PTSD and the anxiety of her scars. From Fox News:
“When I actually end up falling asleep, I relive my trauma and every night I have to fight for my life,” she told Inside Edition. "I’m nervous that nobody will like how I look," the sixth grader said.Lulu is getting the help and support she needs from friends and family. However, to try and help Lulu with her self-image, Inside Edition took Lulu out hunting for some new wigs.
Lulu ultimately decided to go with a wig close to her original ginger hair color. A GoFundMe has been set up to help with Lulu's medical expenses.