Barra bomb vic­tim Laura is now ‘sta­ble’ in Glas­gow

The Oban Times - - News - LOUISE GLEN eforbes@oban­

THE first con­di­tion up­date on Manch­ester bomb vic­tim Laura Mac­In­tyre, from Barra, has been made by NHS Greater Glas­gow and Clyde.

The short state­ment con­firm­ing Laura’s con­di­tion as ‘sta­ble’ was made to The Oban Times on Friday.

The teenager was trans­ferred to a Glas­gow hos­pi­tal a month ago to con­tinue her re­cov­ery from se­ri­ous blast in­juries.

Pre­vi­ously the 15-year- old was said to be mak­ing ‘good progress’ hav­ing suf­fered se­ri­ous hand and leg in­juries in the blast.

Laura was at the Ari­ana Grande con­cert with friend Eilidh MacLeod. Eilidh was one of eight peo­ple killed in the at­tack at the Manch­ester Arena.

Michael and Nan Mac­In­tyre had pre­vi­ously thanked the peo­ple of Manch­ester for their help, par­tic­u­larly a man who stayed with Laura in the af­ter­math of the bomb­ing.

In early July, Laura’s par­ents is­sued a state­ment that said: ‘ We’d like to take this op­por­tu­nity to thank the peo­ple of Manch­ester and in par­tic­u­lar all those who have done so much to help Laura and our fam­ily.

‘The kind­ness and care started from the first mo­ments af­ter the bomb­ing when a young travel safe of­fi­cer held Laura’s hand and com­forted her for an hour while she waited for treat­ment.

‘ We be­lieve he helped save Laura’s life that night and he will al­ways be a hero to our fam­ily.

‘Since then, he has been to visit Laura in hos­pi­tal and it was a priv­i­lege to meet him and thank him in per­son.

‘Lo­ganair Glas­gow and Do- lina at the air­port in Barra have also been fan­tas­tic, help­ing fly fam­ily mem­bers to and from Manch­ester.

‘We’d also like to thank Ron­ald McDon­ald House for pro­vid­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion dur­ing our time in the city.

‘ Fi­nally, we’d like to thank Michael’s em­ploy­ers, Ma­rine Har­vest, for their pa­tience and help.

‘All th­ese peo­ple and or­gan­i­sa­tions have made a big dif­fer­ence dur­ing a very trau­matic time and we will al­ways be grate­ful.

‘Laura con­tin­ues to make good progress in her re­cov­ery but it will be a long process. Her hand and leg in­juries are sig­nif­i­cant but we are glad that she has been able to move to Glas­gow.

‘She is now one step closer to even­tu­ally re­turn­ing home to Barra, from where we have re­ceived enor­mous love and sup­port.’

Laura Mac­In­tyre and Eilidh MacLeod were vic­tims of the bomb­ing.

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