Monday 21 August 2017

Harry Styles rings Manchester attack schoolgirl in hospital: 'It's given us a lift like you can't imagine'

People hold up an "I Love MCR" sign at a vigil in Albert Square in Manchester, northwest England on May 23, 2017,/ AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFF
Britain's Queen Elizabeth speaks to staff during a visit to the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital in Manchester, Britain May 25, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Byrne/Pool

Helen William

Singer Harry Styles has called a schoolgirl who was seriously injured in the Manchester Arena terror attack.

The One Direction star got in touch with Freya Lewis as she recovered from injuries she received in Monday's suicide bombing.

She was with her school friend Nell Jones when the two 14-year-olds were caught up in the explosion following an Ariana Grande concert.

Nell was killed and Freya, who suffered fractures, lacerations and burns from shrapnel, has had surgery.

Freya's family, in an ongoing blog released on Saturday via the teenager's school, Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School and Sixth Form College in Cheshire, said that Styles had called her in hospital.

They said: "Firstly, Freya came around enough from sedation to look at her Dad, blow him a kiss and smile. Then Dad cried. 'What could surpass that? I know you are thinking.

"Secondly, the phone rang, and it was Harry Styles. Freya woke up, Harry said he loved her, she said she loved him, then Dad said he loved him!!

"The PICU unit at Manchester Childrens Hospital has just been given a lift like you can not imagine!

People hold up an
People hold up an "I Love MCR" sign at a vigil in Albert Square in Manchester, northwest England on May 23, 2017,/ AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFF

"Harry, we salute you sir, Holmes Chapel is very proud of you!!!!"

Freya had taken Nell with her to the concert as a birthday present.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth speaks to staff during a visit to the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital in Manchester, Britain May 25, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Byrne/Pool
Britain's Queen Elizabeth speaks to staff during a visit to the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital in Manchester, Britain May 25, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Byrne/Pool

Sunday was the first time since the attack that Freya's memory kicked in, according to her family.

She spoke of her "very personal and harrowing recollections of the detonation of the bomb and the aftermath" but was also told by her family about Nell's death.

In the blog, they said: "We discussed the loss of her friend Nell, which she was unaware of up to this morning. Needless to say, these details and thoughts are Freya's and it is for her to decide in the future what, if anything, she shares with others.

"She understands, with absolute clarity, what happened on Monday night and what injuries she has sustained.

"Freya's response to all of this information has been incredible, beyond any words. Her strength is phenomenal and inspiring."

The family hope it will be possible to move Freya to a less acute unit.

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