The Saffie Rose Roussos Story

Leyland Lancashire
4th July 2008 - 22 May, 2017
     Murdered by a terrorist bomber at the Ariana Grande Concert in the Arena, 

                                  Manchester - 22nd May, 2017
Saffie's gone, isn't she?" 

Mum's heartbreaking first words as she woke from coma to discover eight-year-old daughter died in Manchester terror attack.

The devastated father of Saffie Roussos has revealed his wife's heartbreaking first words as she awoke from a coma after the Manchester terror attack.
Andrew Roussos's eight-year-old daughter was the youngest of 22 victims killed when a suicide bomber detonated an IED at the city's arena in May.
While she tragically died in the blast, her 48-year-old mum, Lisa, was put in an induced coma by doctors after suffering serious shrapnel injuries.
When she eventually came off life support, she said to her husband: "Saffie's gone, isn't she?" In response, dad Andrew, 43, simply nodded.
"That's all that was said really," the grieving father told the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme, as he spoke about his family's loss for the first time.
"Adorable" Saffie had been attending an Ariana Grande concert at the arena with Lisa and older sister Ashlee Bromwich on the night of the explosion.
Today would have been her ninth birthday.
When Andrew arrived at the scene of the attack, he found Ashlee, who is in her twenties, being treated at the scene after suffering shrapnel injuries.
He later heard his wife had been taken to Salford Royal Hospital. It was hours later that he was given the devastating news by a detective that Saffie had been killed.
"I couldn't take it in. I just sat there looking at him. It's just your worst nightmare. I didn't know what to say, I didn't know what to think," he recalled.
Andrew said his "stunning" young daughter loved stardom and would have wanted her beautiful face to be remembered by people across the country.
"She was just everything you could wish for in a little girl," he told the programme.
He added that his family does "a little bit of laughing", "a little bit of joking" and "a little bit of crying and cuddling", which is how they "get through the day".
Lisa has undergone several operations in hospital after sustaining severe injuries in the explosion, which was carried out by 22-year-old terrorist Salman Abedi.
Fortunately, she is quickly improving.
Last month, close family friend Mike Swanny revealed that Lisa had been taken off her life support machine and was conscious.

The 38-year-old, who was then the family's spokesman, also explained that the mum was aware of her daughter Saffie's death.
He said at the time: "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."
Andrew said his "stunning" young daughter loved stardom and would have wanted her beautiful face to be remembered by people across the country.
Nearly two dozen people were killed and more than 100 others injured after Abedi entered Manchester Arena and blew himself up at the end of the concert. 
Little Saffie's name was initially on a 'missing' list, with desperate appeals for information on the youngster's whereabouts going viral on social media.
After it was confirmed she had died in the blast, members of the public began to leave tributes outside her family's fish and chip shop in Leyland, Lancashire.
The huge display included hundreds of floral bouquets and balloons.
The Roussoses, who originate from Limassol in Cyprus, first lived in Southport, with their children Saffie and Zander, 10, attending Tarleton Primary School.
When they later moved to Leyland, the children remained at the school. Headteacher Chris Upton described Saffie as "a beautiful little girl in every aspect of the word". 
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