Girl in­jured in ter­ror blast is re­united with her res­cuer

Daily Mail - - News - By Richard Mars­den

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

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