Melbourne rollercoaster victim Shylah Rodden has done things ‘doctors never thought’ possible, lawyer says
The young woman struck by a rollercoaster has recovered from her horrific injuries better than any of the doctors could have predicted.
Shylah Rodden, 27, spent months recovering in hospital from serious injuries after a rollercoaster ploughed into her at Melbourne’s Royal Show on September 24 last year.
She was flung nine metres into the air by the fast-moving ride after she tried to retrieve a dropped mobile phone.
Doctors feared she may never recover but one year on from the tragic accident, her family has revealed she can now walk again and is surpassing all expectations.
‘She’s been able to do things that doctors never thought that she would ever be able to do again,’ said her lawyer Sharlene Mehta, from Arnold Thomas and Becker.
But she still faces a long road back to any kind of normality, the lawyer admitted.
‘She is still undergoing quite a lot of treatment for the injuries that she sustained,’ she added. ‘And this is likely to continue for the long term.’
Shylah Rodden has overcome the impossible, say doctors, as her recovery from horrific injuries goes better than anyone imagined
Shylah Rodden suffered critical injuries after she was struck by a moving rollercoaster at last year’s Royal Melbourne Show
Lawyer Sharlene Mehta says Shylah Rodden still faces a long road back to any kind of normality
‘Over the past year, our focus has been supporting Shylah with her recovery and assisting her to move forward with her life,’ Ms Rodden said in a statement.
‘We are so grateful to see her progress from the horrific injuries she suffered.
‘She has defied the odds and is now walking, talking and doing things that we were told by doctors may not be possible’.
WorkSafe’s investigation into the rollercoaster crash is still ongoing, added her lawyer.
‘The accident has had far-reaching impacts on Shylah and her family, so the outcomes of these investigations are eagerly awaited,’ Ms Mehta said.
‘The family has indicated that once they receive further information from the investigations, they may then be open to providing further comments.
‘But for now [they] ask that their privacy is respected so that they can continue to focus on Shylah’s recovery’.
Shylah Rodden’s family says she has been hurt by messages sent by vile online trolls
Shylah’s mother added her daughter has seen and been deeply hurt by some comments saying she must accept blame for the accident.
‘What happened was a tragic accident, which as a family we’ve had to deal with,’ Ms Rodden said.
‘To be hearing and reading the negative comments made in the media and on social media has been hurtful to Shylah and our family.
‘We’ve done our best to shield Shylah from these comments, as so much of it has been misguided and, in many instances, cruel.
‘Unfortunately, Shylah has seen these comments and they really affect her.
‘We are making a public statement now in the hope that people will understand that these negative comments are not helpful in any way.‘
WorkSafe’s investigation into the rollercoaster accident is still ongoing one year on
Cruel messages sent by trolls have had a negative impact on Shylah’s recovery (pictured)