Who was Saffie-Rose ?
The youngest victim of the Manchester Arena terror attack asked paramedics “Am I going to die?” After she enjoyed her ‘night of her life’ at the Ariana Grande concert, a public inquiry has been heard.
Eight-year-old Saffie-Rose suffered massive blood loss from shrapnel wounds to her legs caused by the explosion in the lobby of the site’s City Room.
Her father, Andrew Roussos, said her daughter was on ‘cloud nine’ before leaving her family’s home in Leyland, Lancashire, for the performance.
She was the youngest of 22 people who died in a horrific terrorist attack carried out by Salman Abedi after an Ariana Grande concert in May 2017.
The schoolgirl had traveled to the concert with her mother Lisa and her sister Ashlee Bromwich, who were also injured in the blast, before Abedi detonated a bomb inside the venue’s lobby.
The young woman she had enjoyed before “the night of her life” singing and dancing, she said to the question, while she saw her idol act.
A member of the public, Paul Reid, initially tended to her and reassured her when the girl asked about her mother and what had happened.
She continued to stay by her side for over 30 minutes before she was finally placed in an ambulance outside the adjoining Victoria train station.
An off-duty nurse, Bethany Crook, also joined them when Saffie-Rose began to lose consciousness before, with several officers from the British Transport Police, they took her out of the City Hall on a billboard.
Ms Crook said she was ‘surprised’ to find no ambulances or additional medical personnel waiting when they arrived at the station’s Trinity Way exit, the investigation was informed.
Several police officers discussed putting Saffie-Rose in the back of a police vehicle and taking her to the hospital, but Ms. Crook said the young woman would not survive the trip without “proper care and stability.”
Finally, an ambulance passing by on its way to an agreed meeting point, located away from the arena, arrived after an officer stopped it shouting and waving on the sidewalk.
The investigation heard that Northwest Ambulance Service (NWAS) paramedic Gillian Yates recalled Saffie-Rose asking her in the back of the ambulance, ‘Am I going to die?’
She said, ‘That was all Saffie-Rose said. She was not conversing with us.
“ I tried to reassure her, but when people ask this question it is a bad sign, since it is usually asked by people who are really sick, and the fact that she did it worried me a lot. ”
Her colleague, NWAS Emergency Medical Technician Gemma Littler, said she knew as soon as she saw the patient in the ambulance that she would be lost.
She said: ‘I assured her that she was safe, that we were going to the hospital and that we would take care of her. I did what I could for her. I reassured her as much as I could even when she asked me if she was going to die.
“I responded in the way that I hope she is the most reassuring possible for her to listen to.”
The ambulance arrived at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital at 11:23 p.m. M., 52 minutes after the attack, but Saffie-Rose was pronounced dead at 11:40 p.m. M.
Ms. Bromwich stated to the investigation that her younger sister had “the night of her life” watching Grande perform.
She said: ‘she was elated. She partied all night and was in her element. ‘
Saffie-Rose’s father, Andrew, said he has never seen his daughter so excited to see her idol perform.
He said, ‘She was on cloud nine.’
The investigation is looking into the circumstances of Saffie-Rose’s death this week, with several experts disagreeing on whether she could have survived her injuries.
In January, the investigation heard that two victims, including Saffie-Rose, “could have” survived if they were treated earlier.
Dozens of police and civilians arrived at the bomb site in the City Room lobby using first aid kits to try to help in the aftermath of the atrocity, but only one paramedic entered the scene of the Manchester Arena terror attack in the early days. 43 minutes. after the bombing.
But while at least eight ambulances visited the area, only one paramedic, Patrick Ennis, entered before leaving after five minutes.
Paul Greaney QC, attorney for the investigation at the time, said: ‘It is remarkable that 40 minutes after the explosion, despite the presence of numerous NWAS staff members, Patrick Ennis was the only NWAS paramedic who had been in the city hall.
‘Why this was so is clearly something that will need to be closely examined as evidence.
“Based on the material generated since I made my opening statement, survival is an issue in Saffie’s case.”
“ It was only at 11.14 p.m. that the NWAS Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) arrived at the station, which had been established in 2009 and was equipped with specialized equipment and skills to access and treat patients in difficult and dangerous conditions after a terrorist attack. attack.
“One of the questions the investigation will want to consider is why a team with obvious specialized skills to withstand did not arrive until 43 minutes after the explosion.”
Saffie’s family had always believed that the young woman was killed instantly in the explosion, but a new report commissioned by them revealed that she may have survived up to an hour, before dying as a result of blood loss from injuries to her. Leg.
Saffie-Rose Quick and Facts
- Youngest victim of Manchester terror attack asked medics ‘am I going to die?’
- Saffie-Rose Roussos, eight, suffered shrapnel wounds and died after losing too much blood from leg injuries
- Public inquiry heard Saffie-Rose had ‘night of her life’ watching idol on stage
- Schoolgirl was one of 22 people killed by Salman Abedi in May 2017 attack