Rollercoaster victim’s living hell: Mum gives extraordinary update on Shylah Rodden as she recovers from injuries in accident that shocked Australia
One year after a terrifying incident in which she was struck by a moving rollercoaster, a young woman from Melbourne left fighting for life has made a miraculous recovery.
Shylah Rodden, 27, spent months recovering in hospital with 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 phone.
In a statement to media, her mother Kylie Rodden says her brave daughter has defied the odds by not only learning to walk again but is also now talking.
However, Shylah has been devastated by the cruel trolls posts that followed the horrific accident.
‘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.
Shylah Rodden has defied the odds by being able to walk and talk again but is devastated about becoming the target of cruel online trolls
‘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’.
Ms Rodden’s lawyer, Sharlene Mehta from Arnold Thomas and Becker, told the Herald Sun that WorkSafe’s investigation remained ongoing.
‘The accident has had far-reaching impacts on Shylah and her family, so the outcomes of these investigations are eagerly awaited,’ she 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 ask that their privacy is respected so that they can continue to focus on Shylah’s recovery’.
Shyla Rodden suffered critical injuries after she was struck by a moving rollercoaster at last year’s Royal Melbourne Show
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 of the cruel and misguided comments sent by key
‘What happened was a tragic accident, which as a family we’ve had to deal with,’ she 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,’ she said.
‘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.
‘Our wish is to keep moving forward and to enable Shylah to continue with her recovery and focus on the incredible progress that she’s making.