A new setback for Shylah Rodden, who was hurt on a roller coaster, is that a GoFundMe campaign doesn’t reach its goal.
The 26-year-old was hit by the Rebel Coaster on September 25 as she tried to get her phone at the Royal Melbourne Show.
A fundraiser for Shylah Rodden, the 26-year-old woman who was hit by a roller coaster at the Royal Melbourne Show, has stopped. This is a setback on her road to recovery.
On September 25, the Rebel Coaster hit Rodden. She was taken to the hospital quickly, but her face and body were hurt so badly that she was put in the critical care unit.
She is thought to have walked onto the track to get her phone when she was hit by a moving ride. The impact threw her into the air, and she fell 9 meters to the ground.
The Royal Melbourne Hospital said earlier this week that her condition had gone from “critical” to “serious” as she began to get better.
So, some of her friends started a GoFundMe page to try to raise $20,000 to help her get better.
But, as of 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, only 32 people had given money, leaving her $18,750 short after ten days of the campaign.
Sylvia Dess, who says she is a close family friend, set up the fundraiser because she wanted to raise money to help the family after the “tragic event” at the fairground.
Jordan, whose last name wasn’t given, was filming the Rebel Coaster ride when the accident happened. His sister Chloe and his partner Alex were in the front carriage, which was going around a loop.
What a witness says
Jordan saw what happened right before the crash, and he says he “hasn’t slept since.”
“We saw a woman in a place she shouldn’t have been. A worker told her to leave, but we couldn’t hear the whole thing. All we heard was that she shouldn’t be there. I didn’t think much of it when that person started to walk away,” he said.
“Everything happened so fast and yet so slowly. All of a sudden, I saw someone being picked up, and I thought, “F***, my sister, my partner.”
But when they did, the ride hit Rodden.
Brad Jenkins, the CEO of the Melbourne Royal Show, said that the event “shocked the whole show community.”
“First and foremost, we’re thinking of the young woman who was hurt in the terrible accident and her family and friends. Jenkins said, “It’s terrible on every level.”
After a report from WorkSafe that said the ride was safe, it was reopened to the crowds.
Rodden’s family is thinking about whether or not to sue the people who run the ride. She was in a serious car accident in 2018 and lived through it. She is now taking a separate civil action.