A mother was saved by her mobile phone in the Manchester bombing, when it deflected a flying metal nut in the explosion. Lisa Bridgett, 45 years old, was speaking into her iPhone after the Ariana Grande concert when the explosion sent the steel nut towards her head. The nut chopped off her middle finger as she held the phone, but was then deflected off the phone through her cheek and into her nose. Her husband Steve, 45 years old, told his wife is ‘very lucky to be alive’ and believes the smashed phone, believed to be an iPhone 6s Plus, slowed down the nut. Mrs Bridgett, a manager of a boatyard in Pwllheli, North Wales, was at concert with her daughter and her daughter’s friend. She had surgery on Tuesday and was due to have another operation after suffering multiple injuries, including a fractured ankle and a large wound on thigh. Writing on Facebook, Mr Bridgett told ‘Lisa is in a positive mood and feels very lucky to be alive, witnessing first hand what could have been. The fact that she was on the phone at the time probably saved her life. The nut 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. She will make a full recovery although I don’t think the finger will grow back. All of us want to thank the police for their incredible work after the incident and all the staff at both the MRI and Wythenshawe for all the work they have done and are doing and in particular, Peter the steward at the Manchester Arena for helping Lisa outside and getting her to safety.’

Earlier today, a minute’s silence was held in St Ann’s Square, Manchester, to honor the victims who had died.Crowds also gathered at other sites in the United Kingdom, including London’s Parliament and Trafalgar Square.

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