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Manchester Man Gave Up His Hospital Bed To Help Manchester Attack Victims

Claire Reid

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Manchester Man Gave Up His Hospital Bed To Help Manchester Attack Victims

As the devastating news of the suicide bomber attack at the Manchester Arena broke, the people of Manchester, and further afield, showed themselves to be heroes.

From the locals who offered up their spare rooms and sofas, to the taxi drivers who switched off their meters to ensure everyone was able to get home safely.

Off-duty nurses and medics offered their support to busy hospitals and one Domino's restaurant donated stacks of pizzas to hungry NHS staff.

One man from Manchester even gave up his hospital bed, so it could be used for a victim from the explosion.

David Priestman was in Wythenshawe hospital for complications following surgery to remove kidney stones.

His nurses told him he wasn't well enough to leave, but after seeing how busy the ward got, he decided to discharge himself early, leaving the bed empty.

He told the Mirror: "I was lying there thinking, 'What can I do to help?' When you're a father and you've got kids, you want to help.

"I didn't want to be taking up a bed. I wanted to go out and help.

Tributes for the victims in Manchester. Credit: PA

"I can move and walk. Yes, I'm in a little bit of pain but if I'm OK, why shouldn't I give up my bed?

"The nurses said I wasn't well enough, but I didn't want to keep my bed. They can have it if they need it."

David added that the hospital felt like a 'war zone' after news of the attack broke, with staff rushing around and being called in on their day off.

"I'm not ashamed to admit I was crying," he told the paper.

"I was terrified. I mean, I've got kids myself and I'm seeing all these videos and pictures on social media.

A vigil was held in Manchester last night. Credit: PA

"I even heard the ambulances being sent out in a fleet. You could hear the sirens as they all left the hospital."

Mancunian David went on to talk about the unbreakable spirit of Manchester. He said: "We're a big city. People need to come together, no matter what the colour or creed."

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Claire Reid
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