Shock twist as Melbourne Show Roller Coaster victim wakes up after more than two months in a coma but her relatives say ‘she’s not out of the woods’ yet

A woman who was struck by a rollercoaster has finally woken up after being in a coma for more than two months. 

Shylah Rodden, 26, suffered brain damage and injuries to her pelvis, arms, legs and back when she was hit by the Rebel Coaster carriage rollercoaster at the Royal Melbourne Show on September 25.

She was collected by the ride, which it can travel up to 70km/h, while trying to retrieve her phone from underneath the tracks. 

Ms Rodden was immediately rushed to the Royal Melbourne Hospital and placed in a medically-induced coma.

But on Wednesday, the hospital revealed that the young woman was now in a stable condition. 

A person close to Ms Rodden’s family said to News.com.au that she was ‘still not out of the woods’. 

Ms Rodden had been showing some signs of improvement, with her condition being downgraded from critical to serious last month. 

On the day she was struck, Ms Rodden had been working at a friend’s stall at the show when the pair decided to go on a few rides during their break. 

She is believed to have dropped her phone while on the rollercoaster.

Investigators believe she walked under the tracks of the high-speed ride to retrieve the device. 

A friend of Ms Rodden’s, Ggypo Nawar, took to Facebook last month and urged others to pray for her. He also revealed how the young woman was struggling with the pain of losing her brother at the time she was injured. 

In his moving post, Mr Nawar said: ‘Shylah Rodden is one of my best friends (she has a) heart of gold.’

‘She has always been there for me and is always there for anyone not just her friends. 

‘I don’t know her current status, but please ask anyone who sees this to make a small prayer for her and her family, even if it’s as small as ‘please god help them heal’.’

Mr Nawar said Ms Rodden’s family were still grappling to come to terms with the loss of her brother Jason who died in late July before tragedy struck again. 

‘[They] were all still grieving – (I’ve) seen the pain this had on Shylah,’ he said.

‘Please people prayer works, God listens. Please pray for my friend, our friend, that she recovers and it is easy for her.

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‘Shylah would always try to cheer up anyone who was upset and would leave her self without to help others.’ 

The post attracted dozens of reactions, with many friends vowing to keep the young woman in their thoughts. 

‘Praying for you beautiful girl. I hope and pray you push through,’ one woman wrote.

‘Thinking of you daily and sending my love and strength to you and your family.’ 

Another added: ‘Hoping for the best. Here for you Gypo, keeping her in my thoughts and prayers. You’ve got this Shylah!’  


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