Maria’s snap happy over lost ear­ring

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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 just­giv­ 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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