Family’s vigil for Rutherglen dad caught in blast
Piotr remains in intensive care
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.
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