‘I FEEL SO LUCKY TO BE ALIVE’
Millie Robson, 16, from County Durham, went to Ariana’s concert with her best friend, Laura Anderson, also 16, after winning VIP tickets in an online competition – and even met the singer backstage before the show.
As she left the arena to meet up with her dad, she was knocked off her feet by the explosion. She says, “I thought the bang was a speaker at first, with some kind of technical problem. But when I looked down I could see two holes in my knees. My dad picked me up and ran outside, where paramedics and strangers helped us. Around us, young kids were screaming and crying in pain.”
Millie had operations to remove the shrapnel from her wounds, and used a wheelchair, then crutches, for four months. She now suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, but says, “I just feel lucky to be alive.”
● Millie’s mum, Marie, has set up a charity called Bee Happy 2gether, a support network for young people affected by trauma. Visit www.beehappy2gether.org.uk for more information.