Maria’s snap happy over lost earring
I thought she was in the hospital with me. And then dad told me she had died
FREYA ON SHOCK OF HEARING PAL NELL WAS KILLED IN BLAST was looking down on us.” Nick told Alison and Freya’s sister, Georgia, to meet him in hospital and the pair arrived 10 minutes before the ambulance.
“That’s when I got to see the state she was in and that’s why we are raising money for the hospital,” says Alison.
Freya had 10 hours of major surgery and was put in an induced coma. The medical team supported the family and were on hand when Freya’s parents had to tell her about Nell. “We were dreading telling her,” says Alison.
But the staff helped her come to terms with the loss. “A lot of nights I couldn’t sleep properly and one nurse, Jenny, sat next to my bed and listened to me just go on about everything,” says Freya. The family were so moved they started a JustGiving page to help the hospital.
Freya faced op after op but a visit from Ariana really helped in her recovery.
Alison says: “Freya had come back from theatre and was just about awake when Ariana came. Freya became upset about Nell as she was an even bigger fan and realised she would have loved to be there. But Ariana was incredible.
“She helped calm her down and then watched videos of Freya on her phone singing and dancing to Ariana songs. It gave us all a real lift. Ariana told her to stay strong and she certainly has.”
Freya worked hard at physio and took her first steps after four weeks. She kept it up and after three months in a wheelsomeone chair was able to walk to school in September. Now, she will be the starter for the Great North Run – two days before the anniversary of the atrocity.
To make her NHS Heroes Award even more special, Corrie stars Jack P Shepherd, Julia Goulding, Connor McIntyre and Lucy Fallon took her on a surprise tour of the set – showing her the memorial bench to Nell and other victims.
“Going to the Corrie set has always been my dream,” says Freya. “And Nell would go ballistic if she thought there was a bench dedicated to her and the others. She would have loved it.”
To support Freya, visit justgiving.com/ fundraising/nicholas-lewis4 FOUND Maria with earring A WOMAN found a treasured earring that popped out in a forest – after her husband unwittingly photographed it falling.
When Maria Paterson, 37, discovered the honeymoon gift – from Tiffany & Co in New York – was missing she and husband Stewart spent hours searching their house.
But then Stewart, 39, a police officer and former photographer, decided to trawl pictures he’d snapped on their earlier walk in Dunnet Forest, Caithness, in north east Scotland.
In one, Maria spotted the silver heart- shaped earring in mid-air as it fell.
And the bank manager, of Watten, Caithness, found it after retracing her steps using the photo.
Maria said: “It was the purest of flukes.”
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A BORN FIGHTER Brave Freya with devoted mum Alison