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Barra teenager Laura Macintyre who was severely injured in the Manchester terror attack is making “small yet steady progress” said her family.

The 15-year-old, from Leanish in Barra, can now eat and drink without the aid of a feeding tube.

Laura Macintyre

Her parents, Michael and Nan, said Laura - who has been in hospital in Manchester for nearly a month - faces a “long road” to recovery.

She was in a “critical condition” with serious injuries after a nail bomb was detonated near her at the Ariana Grande pop concert in Manchester Arena on May 22.

She attended the concert with friend Eilidh Macleod who was tragically killed in the blast. Eilidh, 14, was buried in Vatersay - where she grew up - last week.

The two girls were classmates in Castlebay School.

The explosion killed 22 people and injured dozens more.  Over 200 people needed medical care.

A Macintyre family message in the Barra community newspaper Guth Bharraidh reads: “Michael, Nan and family would like to thank everyone for their continued support for Laura.

“Laura is making small yet steady progress and every day sees some improvement in her condition.

“She is now managing to eat and drink which has enabled the removal of the feeding tube.

“She is being cared for exceptionally well by nursing and medical staff at Manchester’s Children’s Hospital.

“Laura has a long road ahead and we are extremely grateful for all the support.”




Laura Macintyre “improving” after Manchester terror attack

16 June 2017