A father has spoken of his joy at seeing his daughter recovering in hospital from wounds sustained during Monday’s terror attack in Manchester. Craig Mills, from Harrogate, posted a photo of 14 years old Evie lying in a ward bed following a successful operation to repair serious damage to her legs and chest. Another post on Tuesday, captioned ‘our little princess’ showed her lying in an ambulance with a bandage around her head. Mr Mills told experiencing Evie’s treatment had been the ‘scariest 24 hours of my life’ and that she had been scheduled for another operation on Thursday. He wrote on his Facebook ‘Without a doubt the scariest 24 hours of my life, the good news is the surgery went well. It is rest all day tomorrow but needs another operation Thursday. Love you Evie Mills.’
The post was inundated with messages of support from family and friends, one wrote ‘Thank goodness she’s ok, wishing her a speedy recovery.’ Another one wrote ‘Can’t imagine how hard it’s been for you and your wife. Thoughts are with you guys.’
On Tuesday, Evie’s brother, Cal, posted a pic of Evie lying in an ambulance after she was caught up in the suicide bombing, which left 22 dead and 119 injured.
The strike hit a crowd mainly consisting of children and teenagers as they left a concert by United States pop singer Ariana Grande. Below the photo of Evie with a bandage on her head and her face covered by a foil blanket, Cal wrote ‘I wouldn’t normally post things like this, but last night my 14 years old little sister was in the midst of the bombing at the MEN arena. So so lucky she’s going to be okay but she’s been in hospital all night now with quite serious damage to her legs and chest. Some sick bastards has caused E to experience something she’ll never ever forget and it’ll affect her forever now. No one’s safe anywhere now, love you so much E.’
The suicide bomber has been named as Salman Abedi, a Mancunian of Libyan descent and the son of an airport security worker. Police yesterday carried out a controlled explosion at doorstep of his home during raids around the city. Forensics officer were seen emerging from the killer’s property carrying one booklet called Know Your Chemicals. Police also raided a house where Abedi’s brother, Ismail, lived and arrested a 23 years old man, prompting speculation that Ismail had been detained.