Fam­ily’s vigil for Ruther­glen dad caught in blast

Piotr re­mains in in­ten­sive care

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Edel Ke­nealy

A Ruther­glen dad in­jured in last week’s Manch­ester bomb hor­ror re­mains in in­ten­sive care in hos­pi­tal.

Piotr Chylewska was wait­ing at Manch­ester Arena to pick up his wife Ewa, their daugh­ter Amelia, 12, and her friend when he was hit with shrap­nel from the blast.

The 44-year-old fac­tory worker, who is orig­i­nally from Poland but lives in Ruther­glen, had text his wife just mo­ments be­fore as they made their way through crowds to the exit.

Piotr sus­tained sev­eral se­ri­ous in­juries, specif­i­cally to the left side of his body.

He has al­ready gone through a 12hour op­er­a­tion on his eye and was due to un­dergo an­other op­er­a­tion yes­ter­day, Tues­day, as the Re­former went to press.

His wife Ewa and their two chil­dren were by his bed­side.

Ewa had ear­lier spo­ken about her 15-hour wait to find her hus­band fol­low­ing the blast at the Ari­ana Grande con­cert last Mon­day.

She only found out what had hap­pened to Piotr at 2pm the next day af­ter fran­ti­cally try­ing to find him. Ewa, 44, said: “He text me at 10.20pm say­ing he was there wait­ing.

“Ev­ery­body was happy and head­ing home. Then we heard the blast and ev­ery­body pan­icked and got down on the floor.

“I thought one of the big bal­loons had burst.

“Amelia said ‘Mummy, what was that?’ I said ‘I don’t know’. We were just look­ing for a door to get out.

“Kids were cry­ing and peo­ple were run­ning.”

When Ewa got out­side she

could not reach her hus­band on his phone. She went to a nearby ho­tel to wait for news and spent the night try­ing to get in­for­ma­tion through the Pol­ish con­sulate.

She said: “I just kept ask­ing the police‘ Where is my hus­band?’

“We spent all that time not know­ing, then at 2pm they said he was in hos­pi­tal.”

Ewa and her fam­ily are be­ing sup­ported by friends and St Bride’s Par­ish priest Fa­ther Paul Mor­ton, who trav­elled to Manch­ester yes­ter­day, Tues­day.

The priest said: “He re­mains very poorly but he is be­ing given ex­cep­tional care down here.

“It is amaz­ing the amount of care and at­ten­tion he is re­ceiv­ing.

“We are do­ing ev­ery­thing that can be done for the fam­ily.”

Fa­ther Mor­ton first met Piotr 10 years ago when he moved into a house across from St Bride’s Church in Cam­bus­lang. He had come to Scot­land to find work and his wife and their chil­dren soon fol­lowed.

“Piotr is a very nice guy, very pleas­ant and very hard work­ing, ”Fa­ther Mor­ton said. “We are pray­ing for him.” Piotr’s fel­low parish­ioners are also con­tin­u­ing to pray for him and all those af­fected by the Manch­ester bomb.

The chil­dren of St Bride’s Pri­mary School also prayed for them on Thurs­day, as they at­tended mass to mark the Feast of the As­cen­sion.

Sup­port The tributes in Manch­ester keep on grow­ing

Sup­port Fa­ther Paul Mor­ton has trav­elled to Manch­ester to sup­port the fam­ily

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