Bomb sur­vivor is in good spir­its now

Dis­tinc­tive tatt reads: ‘God will give me strength’

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

The Ruther­glen dad in­jured in the Manch­ester bomb is in good spir­its af­ter be­ing moved to a Glas­gow hospi­tal.

Piotr Chylewska sus­tained sev­eral se­ri­ous in­juries, specif­i­cally to the left side of his body, when he was in­volved in the blast on May 22.

The fa­ther of two has this week been trans­ferred to the Queen El­iz­a­beth Univer­sity Hospi­tal to con­tinue his treat­ment close to fam­ily and friends.

The 44-year-old’s sight in his left eye re­mains un­der re­view, as does a wound on his right leg.

But fam­ily friend and St Bride’s Parish priest Fa­ther Paul Mor­ton said he found Piotr to be in good spir­its dur­ing his visit on Sun­day.

“He is in pretty good shape given what he has been through,” Fa­ther Mor­ton said. “He is hop­ing to get out of hospi­tal this week.

“To think he was in a comma just a few weeks ago, he has made a good re­cov­ery.

“His right leg was in­jured but that looks like it will heal and he is able to walk on it.

“He is very grate­ful to ev­ery­one for their prayers and good wishes.”

Piotr 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.

“He re­mem­bers the blast and all of that,”Fa­ther Mor­ton added.

“He was look­ing at his phone and he said it was at that mo­ment the bomb went off. He ini­tially thought it was his phone that had ex­ploded, he was so con­fused and then he re­alised. He was con­scious of the pain.”

Piotr’s fam­ily, in­clud­ing son Kasper, ini­tially had an ag­o­nis­ing 15-hour wait fol­low­ing the bomb at­tack be­fore they found him.

The fac­tory worker had text Ewa to say he was wait­ing for them by the exit of the arena, but 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 when a dis­tinc­tive tat­too on his arm helped medics iden­tify him.

It has now been re­vealed that the tat­too across his arm reads in Latin: “God will give me strength.”

De­scribed as strong and in­cred­i­bly hard work­ing, Piotr’s re­silience saw him en­dure two op­er­a­tions on his left eye, one which lasted 12 hours long.

He re­mained in an in­duced coma, but was awo­ken two weeks ago in a Manch­ester hospi­tal.

Tributes Peo­ple gath­ered in St Ann’s Square to place flo­ral tributes to peo­ple like Piotr who had been in­jured in the Manch­ester Arena bomb

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