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‘Touch and go’ for Manchester bomb survivor after bolt pierced heart

Robby Potter was standing in the Manchester Arena foyer when killer Salman Abedi detonated his home-made bomb.

A father was a millimetre from death when his heart was pierced by a bolt during the deadly Manchester Arena bombing.

Robby Potter was standing in the foyer of the venue when killer Salman Abedi detonated his home-made bomb as crowds left an Ariana Grande concert in May.

Twenty-two people were killed and scores of others injured in the attack – with £2.7 million raised to help victims and the bereaved as part of the We Love Manchester fund.

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Consultant surgeon Kandadai Rammohan told the BBC Mr Potter may not have lived if the bolt had struck him just a millimetre away from the point of impact.

Mr Potter, who was with his girlfriend, waiting for their children, said he recalls the brightest flash he had ever seen in his life as the bomb detonated.

He told the BBC: “It was like a cloud of mercury exploding – you could see bits of silver everywhere, which was obviously the nuts and bolts he had packed into his bag.

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“I felt something in my chest and I started running down. I felt a lot more shrapnel hit me… and eventually collapsed and fell on the floor.

“The doctor called me a miracle lad. Even after the operation… he said it was still touch and go.”

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