Phone may have ‘saved woman’s life’ in Manchester bombing

Lisa Bridgett’s husband says she is very lucky to be alive after steel nut diverted by iPhone

 People stop by a mass of flowers to observe a minute’s silence in St Ann’s Square in Manchester,  on May 25th, 2017, as a mark of respect to the victims of the May 22nd bomb  attack at the Manchester Arena. Photograph:  Oli Scarffoli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

People stop by a mass of flowers to observe a minute’s silence in St Ann’s Square in Manchester, on May 25th, 2017, as a mark of respect to the victims of the May 22nd bomb attack at the Manchester Arena. Photograph: Oli Scarffoli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

 

The husband of a woman who was struck by the Manchester blast on Monday said her mobile phone may have saved her life.

Lisa Bridgett (45), was speaking into her iPhone after the Ariana Grande concert when the explosion sent a steel nut towards her head.

Bridgett, who manages a boatyard in Pwllheli, North Wales, lost a finger when the nut struck and smashed her phone, and her husband Steve (45), said she was “very lucky to be alive”.

He said he believed the smashed phone had slowed down the nut, and diverted its trajectory. Bridgett, who was at the concert with her daughter and her daughter’s friend, sustained multiple injuries, including a fractured ankle and a large wound on her thigh. She had surgery on Tuesday and was due to have another operation.

Her husband said, “The fact that she was on the phone at the time probably saved her life. The nut has hit her phone which has more than likely not only diverted it but also slowed it down considerably.”

“This may seem a bit graphic but at the end of the day it’s a reality,” said her husband. “She will make a full recovery although I don’t think the finger will grow back.”

He thanked the emergency services for all their help in the aftermath of the attack and the days that followed. “All of us want to thank the police for their incredible work after the incident and all the staff at both the MRI [Manchester Royal Infirmary] and Wythenshawe for all the work they have done and are doing,” he said.

But one hero was singled out for special praise: the Manchester Arena steward who had helped his wife away from the scene of the explosion. “In particular, [I want to thank] Peter the steward at the Manchester Arena for helping Lisa outside and getting her to safety,” he said.

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