Shylah Rodden : Australian Woman struck by rollercoaster left in a coma


Australian woman was left comatose with severe injuries — including brain damage and broken bones — after being struck by a roller coaster.

Shylah Rodden is believed to have walked onto the tracks of the Rebel Coaster during the Melbourne Royal Show to retrieve her cellphone Sunday when she was hit by the ride and flung about 30 feet into the air, 7NEWS reported.

She has undergone surgery at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, where she remains in critical condition with a brain injury, as well as broken arms, ribs, pelvis and legs, according to

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Shylah’s father, Alan Rodden, told the Daily Mail that it was still unclear how the accident happened.


“There are a lot of stories going around and I don’t know which one is true and if someone is covering their tracks,” he told the news outlet after police claimed his daughter was trying to retrieve her phone when she was struck by the ride, which was traveling at about 43 mph.

The devastated dad said Shylah sustained life-changing injuries.

“Obviously I can’t talk to my daughter. She’s going to be in a coma for quite a while,” Allan told the Daily Mail.

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“The injuries are horrific. Horrific. She’s brain-damaged. It’s pelvic, her arms, legs, back, neck — there’s hardly a thing that’s not broken. I just can’t work out how the hell so much damage has been done,” he said.

“Even the doctors have said they haven’t seen anything as bad as this for a long time,” Allan added.

Meanwhile, the ride has been inspected and reopened after being cleared by the safety watchdog WorkSafe Victoria, according to Sky News Australia.

“Following the tragic accident at the Rebel Coaster ride on Sunday afternoon at the Melbourne Royal Show, WorkSafe has finalised an inspection report advising that the ride is safe and may be reopened from today,” a Melbourne Royal Show statement said, the outlet reported.

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