A teenager hospitalised after the Manchester bombing received an unexpected phone call from her ‘hero’ just minutes after waking up.
Freya Lewis was caught in the blast at the Ariana Grande concert and suffered fractures, lacerations and burns.
She has been under heavy sedation since she arrived at Manchester Children’s Hospital.
She has had multiple surgeries to treat her injuries and was reportedly ‘extremely confused and traumatised’ according to her relatives.
On Saturday, after her third surgery, Freya began to come around, much to the delight of her family.
Just moments after she began to come round, the phone rang.
Amazingly, on the other end was Freya’s ‘hero’ Harry Styles!
Freya’s sister Georgia said:
The phone rang and it was Harry Styles. Freya woke up, Harry said he loved her, she said she loved him, then Dad said he loved him!!
The PICU unit at Manchester Children’s Hospital has just been given a lift like you can not imagine!
Harry, we salute you sir, Holmes Chapel is very proud of you!!
The One Direction star rang Freya’s dad after a Facebook appeal by Georgia to get his attention.
Freya had been walking to meet her dad with her friend Nell when the blast occurred.
Until she came around, Freya did not know of the death of Nell following the Manchester bombing, and her parents had to explain to her as she sat in her hospital bed.
Her dad, Nick said:
At 6am she came around completely for the first time, her memory kicked in about the events of Monday night and she started asking questions. This was the moment we had been both waiting for and dreading.
Over the following 30 minutes she shared with me all of her very personal and harrowing recollections of the detonation of the bomb and the aftermath.
We discussed the loss of her friend Nell, which she was unaware of up to this morning. She understands, with absolute clarity, what happened on Monday night and what injuries she has sustained.
Freya’s parents also called their daughter’s reaction to the incident as ‘inspiring’ and ‘phenomenal’.
What an amazing story about the power of social media, well done Georgia and good on Harry for making Freya smile under horrible circumstances.