Girl injured in terror blast is reunited with her rescuer
A TEENAGE girl injured in the Manchester Arena bomb blast has been reunited with the hero stranger who led her to safety.
Ella McGovern, 14, suffered shrapnel wounds to her leg and tried to call her parents but could not hear because of perforated eardrums. Amid the chaos, Jennifer Lee, 24, stepped in, telling the youngster’s mother Louise that she had called an ambulance – and arranged a place for them to meet.
Miss Lee, from Ramsbottom in Lancashire, said she ‘just wanted to help’ the girl, who days later put out an appeal on social media appeal to help find her rescuer. Ella, who has struggled to walk since the bombing, described her desperation. She said: ‘At the time you’ve got loads of panic. It was really stressful to deal with.’ Yesterday all three were reunited on ITV’s Good Morning Britain. Mrs McGovern, 39, said: ‘To hear Jenny’s voice down the phone to say, “I’m with your daughter, she’s fine, she’s OK and I’ve called an ambulance,” was amazing.’
It emerged yesterday that the mother of eight-year-old bomb victim Saffie Roussos knew her daughter had been killed as she fought to survive. Lisa Roussos, 48, was ‘already aware of the situation’ when she came out of a coma on Sunday, a family friend said. She had undergone six operations for shrapnel injuries sustained in the blast. Mike Swanson, who has been in regular touch with her husband Andrew, 43, told the Mail the couple had shown inspirational ‘strength’ in coping with the tragedy.
Together again: Ella, 14, and Louise McGovern with Miss Lee, left, yesterday