Girl injured on carnival ride sees her reflection for the first time since the accident

Published: May. 17, 2016 at 9:53 PM CDT
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The mother of the 11-year-old girl who was critically injured on a Cinco de Mayo carnival ride said her daughter saw herself for the first time Tuesday since the accident.

Elizabeth Gilreath was injured on May 7 when her hair got caught in the spinning mechanism of the ride, ripping off part of her scalp.

On Tuesday, Gilreath’s mother Virginia Cooksey posted to Facebook that her daughter was able to see out of her right eye. Cooksey said Gilreath, who’s nicknamed “Lulu,” handled seeing her own reflection for the first time with strength.

Cooksey said in the post that her daughter still can’t see out of her left eye, but is expected to have surgery Friday or Saturday.

Gilreath’s mother thanked everyone for praying for their little girl.

Lulu is stronger than me. My baby girl saw herself for the first time today. The way she handle it came me strength. ...

Posted by Virginia Timperley on Tuesday, 17 May 2016