The condition of Shylah Rodden, a young woman who was struck by a rollercoaster at the Melbourne Royal Show has improved following the accident just over a week ago.
Shylah Rodden is believed to have walked onto the track of the Rebel Coaster ride to retrieve her phone when she was struck by a moving carriage on Sunday, September 25.
The 26-year-old is believed to have been thrown into the air on impact and fell 9m to the ground.
She was left in a critical condition and has spent the last week in hospital in a coma.
But on Wednesday, a representative from the Royal Melbourne Hospital has confirmed her condition is now “serious” rather than critical, which is an improvement.
Her family remains by her side in hospital, including her father Alan, who has barely left his daughter’s bedside.
Shylah Rodden suffered broken bones and a brain injury after a carriage on the rollercoaster hit her at an estimated 70km/h.
Graphic footage of the incident was uploaded online , showing Ms Rodden being dragged nine metres into the air before plummeting to the ground.
The man who captured the vision said he was filming his sister and partner on the ride when he accidentally caught the tragic incident on camera.
“All of a sudden, I saw someone getting taken up but at the same time I’m thinking ‘f***, my sister, my partner,” he told 7 News.
“But you can see she’d bent down to pick something up. I don’t know if it was a phone or what, but she was so fixated on picking it up that she didn’t even see the ride at all.”