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Manchester bomb victim Laura MacIntyre moved to Glasgow hospital

8 July 2017

Laura MacIntyre from Leanish in Barra who survived the Manchester terror attack has been transferred to a Glasgow hospital.

The 15-year-old was in a critical condition when severely injured after a nail bomb was detonated at the Ariana Grande concert on 22 May.

She attended the event with friend Eilidh Macleod, 14, who was tragically killed in the blast.

The two girls were classmates in Castlebay School.

Laura - who suffered severe hand and leg injuries - is expected to stay in hospital in Glasgow for a lengthy period.

She has now been transferred north to Glasgow after being treated in Manchester since the explosion. The teenager was taken off a ventilator last month.

Her parents Michael and Nan MacIntyre said in a statement: “The kindness and care started from the first moments after the bombing when a young travel safe officer [security worker on Manchester’s public transport network] held Laura's hand and comforted her for an hour while she waited for treatment.

“We believe he helped save Laura’s life that night and he will always be a hero to our family. Since then, he has been to visit Laura in hospital and it was a privilege to meet him and thank him in person.

“We’d also like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital for their care.

“We couldn’t wish for a more dedicated, kind and professional group of people.

“We’d also like to thank Greater Manchester Police and Police Scotland for their support. Loganair Glasgow and Dolina at the airport in Barra have also been fantastic, helping fly family members to and from Manchester.

“We’d also like to thank Ronald McDonald House for providing accommodation during our time in the city. Finally, we’d like to thank Michael’s employers, Marine Harvest, for their patience and help.

“All these people and organisations have made a big difference during a very traumatic time and we will always be grateful.

“Laura continues to make good progress in her recovery but it will be a long process.

“Her hand and leg injuries are significant, but we are glad that she has been able to move to Glasgow.

“She is now one step closer to eventually returning home to Barra, from where we have received enormous love and support."

Laura MacIntyre is transferred to hospital in Glasgow