Girl scalped by carnival ride recovering, hopes to return to school this Fall

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OMAHA, NE — The mother of an 11-year-old girl who was scalped after her hair got tangled in a carnival ride is speaking out about her daughter’s recovery.

Lulu Gilreath was critically injured in the accident last May.

She spent a month in the hospital and has undergone six surgeries, including two skin grafts and 22 blood transfusions.

She also went through hyperbaric oxygen therapy for tissue and leech therapy for her scalp. Doctors were able to save 25% of it.

Lulu can see out of both eyes but will need more surgery to fix the swelling on her eyelid.

Her mom says Lulu’s separation anxiety and emotional distress still takes a toll on their family. “Her anxiety will kick in, she’ll get upset and we have to stop what we’re doing and calm her down,” said Virginia Cooksey.

The family also is working to pass Lulu’s Law, to make amusement ride inspections tougher.

Lulu even wants to be a politician saying, “I’ve always liked social studies.”

She will be in sixth grade this Fall and hopes to return to school part-time.

Lulu’s family has filed a lawsuit against the company that operated the ride.

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