Elizabeth GilreathOMAHA, NE – An 11-year-old girl has been hospitalized after her hair got caught in a carnival ride and ended up getting scalped.

Elizabeth Gilreath was with friends and family at a Cinco de Mayo festival on Saturday afternoon when she got on the King’s Crown carnival ride.

Witnesses say Gilreath slipped out of her seat and her long hair got caught in the spinning ride’s machinery, completely ripping the hair and skin off her head.

“It went on for 5-10 minutes everybody told me while it ripped and pulled my daughter around,” her father said. “She was tortured.”

Surveillance video shows the ride operator running away, presumably to look for help, while bystanders rushed to help the girl who was bleeding profusely.

“It was still spinning,” said Jolene Cisneros. “I had to stop it with my hands and turn it to the point where it was to the platform.”

Gilreath was taken to Nebraska Medicine where she has undergone several surgeries to reattach her scalp.

Her mother made a post on Facebook with a post-op photos of her daughter that shows the true extent of the girl’s injuries. This little girl was scalped in every since of the word, from the bridge of her nose to the back of her neck.

Her family says it is still unknown if she sustained permanent muscular damage or will be able to see once her eyelids heal.

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