Bomb survivor is in good spirits now
Distinctive tatt reads: ‘God will give me strength’
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