Friends of Melbourne Royal Show roller coaster crasher Shylah Rodden have renewed calls for prayers as she continues to fight for her life in hospital.
The 26-year-old was critically injured after she allegedly entered a fenced area to retrieve her phone about three weeks ago, with her friend Ggypo Nawar revealing that Rodden was still grieving the loss of her brother at the time of the incident.
“Please pray for Shylah Rodden. Shylah Rodden is one of my best friends (with a) heart of gold. Shyla has always been there for me and is always there for anyone, not just her friends,” Nawar wrote on his Facebook -Bulletin.
“She has had a terrible accident at the Melbourne Show and was put in an induced coma. I don’t know her current status but please ask anyone who sees this to say a little prayer for her and her family, even if it is (so) small, then please God help them to heal.
“Shylah and her family lost their son/brother a few months ago and everyone is still grieving. I saw the pain it was taking on Shylah.
“Shylah would always try to cheer up anyone who was down and would go out of her way to help others. Such a heart of gold”
Last week, the Royal Melbourne Hospital confirmed her condition had been downgraded from critical to serious.
ONE GoFundMe set up to raise funds for the cost of her care, rehabilitation and therapy has raised $11,778 with the goal of raising an additional $8,222 for the family.
It is the second time in two months that the Rodden family has been struck by tragedy after Shylah’s brother, Jason, died earlier this year.
Mrs Rodden described the loss as the moment her “world came crashing down”.
“He wasn’t just my big brother, he was my best friend, my everything; the person I looked up to and inspired to be like,” she wrote in July.
A Melbourne Royal Show spokesman confirmed the ride had reopened after WorkSafe completed an inspection report declaring the ride safe.
“The safety and well-being of our visitors to the show remains our number one priority,” the spokesperson said.
“We maintain strict safety protocols in line with Victorian WorkSafe regulations and all rides on site have undergone rigorous compliance inspections.
“No ride is turned on until it has passed all the necessary safety and compliance documentation.”