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The mother of the youngest victim of the Manchester attack has been informed of her daughter's death.

Saffie Roussos was just eight years old when she was killed by the suicide attacker at the Manchester Arena on 22nd May.

She attended the Ariana Grande concert with her mum, Lisa, 48, and her sister, Ashlee. They both suffered shrapnel injuries when the bomb was detonated.


Credit: PA Images

Lisa is now conscious and is aware that she has sadly lost her daughter.

Mike Swanny, a family friend who is acting as spokesperson, told the Mirror: "The news about Lisa being out of danger is the biggest in this since the start.

"She was in a critical condition at first, but she came off life support on Saturday and was up and talking on Sunday.

"She's aware of the situation with Saffie.

"She's still in hospital, but she's moving her legs, which is fantastic. Lisa's pulling through and it's really important people know that.

"Ashlee is remarkably well. She went to a different hospital to her mum with wounds, but it looks like she might be out as early as Wednesday.

"Andrew has been so strong. He's not wanted to grieve until he knew his wife was going to be okay. He's been a machine all week."

Mike's daughter, Lily, was best friends with Saffie.

Saffie's father, Andrew, has asked Mike to be a spokesperson for the family. He explained: "Me and Andrew are very close and I was there from the very beginning when this all happened,

"It's been hell since last Tuesday. I had to come home and tell my little girl that her best friend was not coming back.

"To take the weight off Andrew's shoulders I've been dealing with all the cards and sorting out piles and piles of messages to Saffie and the family.

"I'm also going to open a charity account for funds. Money is coming in from everywhere, I get calls everyday. Yesterday I collected about £9,000 or £10,000 just from people's pockets."

The Roussos own a chip shop, and a memorial has been set up outside with hundreds of flowers and cards for the family.


Credit: SWNS

Mike added: "Andrew has been overwhelmed by it all, he said he didn't know these people were out there.

"I'm so proud of him, he's so commendable. Every time I've been to see him he's given me the strength to inform the people of Leyland.

"People have been asking me about how they're doing, and I've been able to talk positively because of him. It's been bloody amazing that someone in his position can be like that."

Source: Daily Mirror

Featured Image Credit: SWNS

Mel Ramsay

Mel Ramsay is an NCTJ trained Trending Journalist at LADbible and has worked here since 2015. She launched the 'LAD of the Week' feature in 2016 and has run it single-handedly ever since. She started her career writing obituaries and funeral guides online. Since then, her work has been published in a wide variety of national and local news sites. She is part of the BBC's Generation project and has spoken about young people, politics and mental health on television, radio and online.

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