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'This can't be real': Survivor of Manchester concert bombing surprised with royal wedding invite

May 18, 2018 8:00 AM
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'This can't be real': Survivor of Manchester concert bombing surprised with royal wedding invite

Still haunted by the horrors she witnessed, Amelia Thomson, 12, raises money for survivors

The 12-year-old has had a rough go of it. Last year, her uncle died of cancer and she witnessed that horrible process. Her dad became so distraught he, too, became very ill and ended up in intensive care.

So, a kind friend bought mother and daughter a treat: Tickets to the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England.

Yes, as the world turns, it was THAT concert. May 22, 2017. Amelia and her mother Lisa took the 50-minute train ride from Sheffield to Manchester.

This picture of Amelia was taken shortly before a bomb exploded at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, last May. (Lisa Thomson)

At 10:30 p.m., just after Grande finished her last song and fans were starting to leave, a bomb detonated in the foyer of the Manchester Arena.

They were surrounded by chaos, and eventually ended up in the first aid area with the dead and gravely injured.

Armed police officers stand outside the Manchester Arena after a bomb exploded following Ariana Grande's concert. (Andrew Yates/Reuters)

At this point, Amelia crumpled to the floor. She'd been screaming so long and so hard she had effectively shredded her vocal cords. It took multiple doctors visits and plenty of time to eventually heal.

Amelia has been raising money for those caught up in the suicide bombing that killed 22 people and wounded more than 800 others, either physically or psychologically.

She's been working with a therapy horse. Victor is his name and he is massive and calming and makes her smile in moments when not much else can.

Source: cbc.ca

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