Youngest Manchester bombing victim, 8, 'could have survived with better first aid', report finds

THE youngest victim of the Manchester Arena bombing "could’ve survived with better first aid", according to a new report.

Saffie-Rose Roussos, eight, was at the concert with her mother and sister, Ashlee Bromwich, when suicide bomber Salman Abedi, 22, detonated a device in the arena’s foyer.

The little girl, of Leyland, Lancashire, died as a result of losing too much blood from injuries to her legs.

Now it has emerged that Saffie-Rose could have survived if she had received better first aid.

A report commissioned by her parents has revealed that no one used simple tourniquets or splints to apply pressure and reduce the bleeding.

Speaking to the BBC Saffie's father, Andrew Roussos said: "She could have been saved.

"How do we carry on living with this information? How can we carry on breathing with this information?

"I can't look at Saffie's picture. Since I've read this report, I can't look at her."

Her family had been told that she had been killed instantly in the blast three years ago.

But the report, which sees experts to look into the circumstances of her death, now shows she lived after the incident for over an hour.

The family now know that Saffie asked a paramedic, "am I going to die?" as she was being taken to hospital by ambulance.


And the report has found that the ambulance crew, and the medical team at the hospital, did not use tourniquets or splints on Saffie's injuries.

Mr Roussos said: "Medically trained people were with her. And she was asking for help.

"She knew what was happening. And she bled to death.

"Eight year olds don't ask those questions. Doesn't matter how hurt they are, they want their mum. 

"They want to be treated, they want to be out of pain.

"Not to be in the sound mind to ask the paramedic whether she's going to die."

Saffie’s heartbroken mum last year slammed the government's £11,000 compensation offer.

Speaking to the BBC, Mrs Roussos said: “We were offered £5,500 each for Saffie's death.

“It’s a complete insult.”

But her memory now lives on after her sister named her baby after her.

Ashlee Bromwich, 29, called her daughter Ever-Rose in tribute to Saffie-Rose.

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