Closer (UK) - - Real Life -

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.

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