Sup­port for blast vic­tims

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

A Ruther­glen dad in­jured in the Manch­ester bomb hor­ror has wo­ken from a coma.

Piotr Chylewska was put in an in­duced coma by med­i­cal staff after he was ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal with se­ri­ous in­juries.

The 44-year-old 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 on May 22.

He sus­tained sev­eral se­ri­ous in­juries, specif­i­cally to the left side of his body, and un­der­went a 12hour op­er­a­tion on his eye.

He had fur­ther surgery last Tues­day, May 30.

But his con­di­tion is now said to be im­prov­ing.

Ewa and their two chil­dren, Amelia and Kasper, have travelled back and forth to Manch­ester to be with Piotr since the incident.

The fam­ily ini­tially had an ag­o­nis­ing 15-hour wait fol­low­ing the bomb at­tack be­fore they found Piotr.

The fac­tory worker, who is orig­i­nally from Poland, had text Ewa to say he was wait­ing for them by the exit of the arena, where they had been to see Ari­ana Grande per­form.

When Ewa got out­side fol­low­ing the blast 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.

At 2pm the fol­low­ing day she learned 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 last week to visit Piotr.

Up­dat­ing well wish­ers on the church’s Face­book page this week, Fa­ther Mor­ton said: “Piotr has awo­ken from an in­duced coma and his con­di­tion is im­prov­ing.

“The fam­ily is very ap­pre­cia­tive of good wishes and prayers of ev­ery­one.” Cam­bus­lang shoppers have given gen­er­ously to a fund that will sup­port vic­tims of the Manch­ester Arena bomb.

Lo­cals do­nated £460 at Mor­risons su­per­mar­ket after collection buck­ets were set out at check­outs for a num­ber of days.

The Red Cross’ We Love Manch­ester emer­gency fund was set up to sup­port those who were in­jured or be­reaved in the May 22 atroc­ity.

A sec­ond fund, the UK Sol­i­dar­ity Fund has also been set up in the wake of the ter­ror at­tack on Lon­don Bridge on Satur­day. This is for the vic­tims of ter­ror at­tacks any­where in the UK.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Red Cross funds and how to do­nate see red­cross.org.uk/ap­peal/ manch­ester-emer­gency-fund-con­cert

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