Manchester Victim’s Mom Knew Child Died as Soon as She Woke from Coma
Saffie Rose Roussos, the youngest victim of the terrorist attack that happened at Ariana Grande‘s Manchester concert at the end of May, was just eight years old when she passed away. The little girl would’ve turned nine on July 4th, so her father, Andrew Roussos, felt the need to speak out for the first time to honor his daughter. The man not only remembered little Saffie, but also shared emotional details of what happened after his wife, Lisa Roussos, came out of the coma she was put in by doctors after being critically injured in the bombing.
The 8-year-old’s dad explained to the BBC, “She looked at me [when she woke up] and said to me, ‘Saffie’s gone, isn’t she?’ I was dreading it. She just looked at me and said, ‘She’s gone, isn’t she?’ I just looked at her and said, ‘Yeah.’ She goes, ‘I knew.'”
Andrew learned of Saffie’s death after he arrived at the Manchester Arena on May 22 and saw her older sister, Ashlee Bromwell, being cared for, but couldn’t find his young daughter or wife. Police later told him that the child had perished in the attack.
“I couldn’t take it in,” he recalled. “I just sat there looking at him. It’s just your worst nightmare. I didn’t know what to say, I didn’t know what to think.”
Mr. Roussos explained the he decided to speak out about his daughter’s death because the little girl loved “fame [and] stardom” and he knows “that Saffie would love her pictures to be on, and to be spoken about on TV.”
“She was a joker. She was a huge character. She was just everything you could wish for in a little girl. She loved dancing, music, gymnastics. If she wanted something, she would do it.”
Lisa remains in the hospital as she recovers from her serious injuries, but getting better as each day passes. The Roussos family stays “strong for each other” and hopes that the world continues to remember Saffie in the years to come.
Remembering the nine teens and one child who died in the Manchester attack:
Georgina Callander, 18
Georgina Bethany Callander, from Whittle-le-Woods in Lancashire, was the first victim to be named. Her friend confirmed that the teen passed away in the hospital the day after the attack, with the victim's mother at her side.
The 18-year-old was a student at Runshaw College in Leyland, where she was studying Health and Social Care. The school released the following statement soon after the news broke: "It is with enormous sadness that it appears that one of the people who lost their lives in Monday's Manchester attack was one of our students here at Runshaw College. Georgina Callander was a former Bishop Rawstorne pupil studying with us on the second year of her Health and Social Care course."
"Our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers go out to all of Georgina's friends, family, and all of those affected by this loss," the statement continued. "We are offering all available support possible at this tragic time, including counseling with our dedicated student support team."
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