news

Laura's best friend died in the Manchester attack. Now she's fighting for her life in hospital.

Schoolgirl Laura MacIntyre is fighting for her life in hospital after she was critically injured in the bomb blast that killed her best friend.

The 15-year-old and her friend Eilidh MacLeod, 14, had travelled to the Manchester concert from Scotland to watch pop star Ariana Grande perform in celebration of Eilidh’s birthday.

Laura’s dad Michael MacIntyre said he’d been reluctant to let her daughter attend, but she was “so happy to be going down there with her friend”.

“It was Laura’s first concert. I was a bit hesitant about her going to a concert so far away but she seemed so happy,” he told The Telegraph.

Listen: Mamamia Out Loud: We need to talk about Manchester (post continues after audio…)

However, happiness soon turned to tragedy. Eilidh was one the 22 people killed in the suicide bomb blast that injured more than 100 others, including  Laura, whose parents have confirmed her critical state with serious burns.

“Our daughter is a funny and witty young girl who excels at everything she does,” Laura’s parents said in a statement.

“Laura and her Eilidh were so looking forward to the concert, but that night has now ended in tragedy where Eildh has lost her life and Laura is in a critical condition.

“Our hearts and minds have been with Eilidh’s family since we heard their news.”

Laura MacIntyre is fighting for her life in hospital. (Image via Facebook.)
ADVERTISEMENT

The family thanked emergency services and staff at the hospital where she is being cared for.

"We know that Laura is in the best possible place and is receiving the best care that she can.

"Laura is strong-willed and a fighter."

Roddy and Marion, the devastated parents of Eilidh, had previously confirmed their daughter's death.

"Our family is devastated and words cannot express how we feel at losing our darling Eilidh," their statement read.

"Eilidh was vivacious and full of fun. She loved all music whether it was listening to Ariana or playing the bagpipes with her pipe band.

Eilidh was tragically killed in the attack. (Image via Facebook.)

"As a family we would like to express our thanks and gratitude for the support and kind messages we have received at this difficult time."

In the wake of the attack, both parents were flown to the city from their homes in the Western Isles to search for their children, who they'd been unable to contact.

If you'd like to support the victims of the attack and their families, you can donate to the Manchester attack victims fund here.

FROM OUR NETWORK
00:00 / ???