It was the 22nd of may 2017. At the end of the concert of Ariana Grande, the attack that claimed the lives of 22 people. Here is the memory of the man who, that evening, it was at the Manchester Arena.
It was the 22 may 2017 when occurred the attack on the Manchester Arena. The audience had gathered to attend the concert of Ariana Grande. At the end of the live, to 22.31 about, there was the explosion, which caused 23 people dead (including the bomber) and 250 were injured. People were leaving the building, and the bomber did blow himself up in the vicinity of the ticket office, sparking panic and total chaos. A year later, here is the memory of some witnesses, present at the Dangerous Woman Tour Ariana Grande, as reported by BBCNews.
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Daren Buckley was at the Manchester Arena with his son when there was the explosion. You were not even a dozen meters away from the killer. They were leaving when the roar dropped to the earth both, and the noise, followed by screams the general confusion.
“We saw a big puff of smoke and a glow that we rejected: we thought that the building was to collapse, I could not hear anything, it was as if there was water in my ears. I took my son in a safe place with another guy and I told him to stay there, that I had to go and help others. It was then that began the screams: scenes in the lobby, I can’t describe: it was like a nightmare, I thought that someone would have touched on the shoulder, telling me that it was a bad dream.”
Mr. Buckley was a preparation for the intervention of first aid basic first aid, and joined a handful of people to help the wounded. “I looked around, some people moved, others no, I was talking with people that seemed fine, I was just trying to reassure them, he was just a human instinct,” he recalls. Only recently, mr Buckley has made a welcome return in the centre of Manchester but it is far from dealing with the terrible experience:
If I hear sirens, I start to think ‘I need to go help someone else?’. I feel as if I were still in the exciting multiplayer mode. It is strange because I’ve never been afraid of anything, I have continuous flashbacks. I must have died 200 times in my nightmares
Alistair Rennieconsultant of emergency medicine, has coordinated the response to the attack at the Manchester Royal Infirmary and the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. Since his arrival, he has worked for 24 hours without sleep, managing surgeons, working with the police and the ambulance service.
“We train everyone for this. Can you imagine having a bad accident of a bus or a train wreck to deal with. On this occasion, what was even more emotional is that this was completely planned. There was a question that was emotional to face: you’re taking care of people who have been taken deliberately targeted”
He admitted that it was “very difficult” for some members of the staff come to terms with the attack.
“We are all human, some were severely affected, in particular, some of those who rescue the children.”
Returning home from her small children, dr. Rennie has said he is “fully aware” of the loss and suffering that the families had suffered.
“It was one of those moments where I thought, ‘My God, what other people are going through?'”
Mark Robinson he had gone to the concert in Leeds with his partner Eli and his two daughters. It was about 7 metres away from the bomber.
“The real explosion, your brain can’t process quickly enough what happened. You think you’re in a dream, certainly you’re not trained for what you see. (…) I feel guilty for having brought Eli and her girls there. Why it happened at that concert?”
Since then, after having been healed from his injuries (wounds from splinters, and a perforated eardrum) and his relationship with life, with the daily, has changed, from the very small things:
Life is so precious and can be taken away in an instant. Walking the dog, listening to the birds singing, feel the rain on your face. Simple things that you appreciate. I am so so grateful that I still have the legs and arms, I was able to return to work and move forward”.
Janet Sherret, however, was at the concert with her daughter, twelve-year-old. She joined an online support group for the survivors of the attack: “Living in Scotland, we felt in any way excluded because of course there was the support group of the Manchester Resilience Hub”.
He admitted that the emotional impact is always present, constant “will always Remain”.
It “sets a turning point that is different everywhere you go, where there is a large crowd you are on the alert. This is the reason why there was a loss of the innocence of my daughter, she never thought in this way, had always been carefree”
Being at the Manchester Arena with the daughter in what was supposed to be an evening of serene and fun, it is difficult to manage:
“You have this sense of guilt of having brought your daughter in a place that you thought to be safe. This also adds to the sense of guilt of being a survivor…”
A situation similar to that experienced by Lyndsay Turner, even her mother. That evening we had decided to rent a limousine for the two children to go to the concert, in perfect safety and comfort. He had initially planned to go with them, but was waiting for a surgery, then gave the ticket to his sister-in-law, who has participated with the mother of Lyndsay.
Were the 22,30 about, Lynday was on the phone with his son Ciaran Danson, the then 13-year-old.
“I heard the bang and I said, ‘Ciaran, that took place?’ and I could hear the panic in his voice. Then the phone was turned off”.
Only 45 minutes later, the woman was able to play again on the phone.
Today, he admits, remains to be proved:
“The fact that I bought the tickets, that they put in danger… always live with me”
Both children have suvbìto a severe post-traumatic stress disorder. Tegan, now 12-year-old, he spent a little time in the hospital and Ciaran is still managing the consequences; he has flashbacks, can’t sleep and has hallucinations “very fearful” about the bomber:
“At the beginning it was just a blur, now is as real as you or me.”
The woman said: “A part of my children died that night”. Ciaran says, the first to him, to be changed:
“Before, I was lively and happy, I was singing and I was praying always… now I feel depressed, I don’t want to get out of the house”.
Via | BBC