It may be a broken brake shoe, or possibly a broken clutch spring. This usually happens when the axle nuts are not tightened to the correct torque (30Nm), or the wheel is put back on without the non-turn washer.
Take it into a shop that has a Shimano dealer account. If you want to fix it yourself, they can order you the entire internal assembly (it comes in one pre-assembled piece, part #1 on this diagram). Make sure you emasure the length of the old axle, and order the same sized new one. With some minimal work (this link), you can remove the old assembly, pop in the new one, and get your girlfriend back to riding.
NOTE: The above video shows how to remove the coaster brake shoes. You are not trying to do that! Simply replace the entire unit.
If you'd rather not do the work yourself, a shop shouldn't charge too much for it, and the work will be warrantied as well. They can also check the hub for any other damage.