A university student who survived the Manchester bomb in May has died following complications with diabetes.
18-year-old Zara Ahmed came away from the terrorist attack, in which a suicide bomb killed 22 and injured hundreds more, physically unscathed but the memories stuck with her.
After the attack, Zara promised herself to live life to the full and show a positive side to her Muslim faith.
She tragically passed away at her halls of residence at Liverpool’s John Moores University, where she studied forensic science.
Tragedy as 18-year-old Manchester Arena bomb survivor dies suddenly Zara Ahmed, who escaped unhurt from the May 22 attack, died after complications with diabetes https://t.co/q7EVzB1pHf
— kelly earp-jones (@kellyUKx) November 27, 2017
A tribute by Zara’s family published in the Daily Post said:
She was always smiling and nothing made her happier than sitting back and singing along with her favourite singer, Ariana Grande.
In May 2017 Zara was attending the Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena when it was attacked by a suicide bomber.
An evening of fun with friends had turned into a tragedy and Zara was deeply affected by that event. During a time of distress and fear Zara held onto her faith and never hid it from others.
She refused to allow anyone to use her religion as a reason to hurt others and her prayers were said for all those affected, regardless of faith, colour, race or religion.
We will all miss the bright, sassy, bubbly, goofy girl that was as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside but we will hold on to the memories.
It’s always the best ones that are taken, you were a beautiful and caring girl, condolences to the family and my heart goes out to you all❤️ Rest in peace Zara Ahmed ❤️⭐️
— Beth Turner (@bethturn) November 16, 2017
Losing a child is a parent’s worst nightmare and no amount of words can capture the loss and grief that Zara’s parents, Asefa and Kaleem are feeling at this moment.
Zara was their first born child and from the moment she was born their mission was to make her the happiest and most loved child on earth.
Of course the journey was never going to be easy. At the age of 11 months, Zara was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and so began a daily routine of insulin injections and careful management of a strictly controlled diet.
Denied treats that most children take for granted, it was little wonder that Zara developed a love affair with food and boy, did that girl love food.
Zara was a student at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) https://t.co/NZ7Le9NZjY
— Suzanne Kendrick (@Suzanne_RJ) November 27, 2017
The family said in their statement that Zara never allowed her condition to govern her life or how much she enjoyed it.
Zara worked hard but she also played hard – she was a true live wire and embraced life 100 per cent. She enjoyed following her favourite football team, Aston Villa, and spending quality time with her family and friends.
Zara was loved universally, the numerous tributes left on her Facebook page capture far more clearly than anything else, her shining personality. Courageous, kind, considerate, bubbly, loving, goofy are just some of the words used to describe her.
She was the first to hold her hand out to someone who needed it and her bad jokes and random chit-chat became her signature. Zara’s love of her friends was only surpassed by the love she held for her family. Aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents all held a special place in her heart.
oh my goodness my heart is with zara ahmed’s family 💔
— lauren (@MELLETMAGIC) November 27, 2017
A Liverpool John Moores University spokesman said:
Zara was only at the university for a short time, but had already made a positive impression with her enthusiasm and excitement for her studies.
All of her programme team and fellow students are deeply saddened by this tragic loss and our thoughts are with Zara’s family.
Tragic. RIP Zara.