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1972 Belfast bomb victim in search for hero soldier

'Injuries to her legs were so bad that she spent a year in the Royal Victoria Hospital, where doctors considered amputation, but her cousin's wife Jenny Sochor pleaded with them to take a different course of action' (stock photo)
'Injuries to her legs were so bad that she spent a year in the Royal Victoria Hospital, where doctors considered amputation, but her cousin's wife Jenny Sochor pleaded with them to take a different course of action' (stock photo)
Mark Bain

By Mark Bain

A Czech woman who was badly injured in a bomb blast in Belfast in 1972 is on a mission to track down the soldier who risked his life for her.

Blanka Suehiro (then Blanka Sochor) fled eastern Europe to study as a fashion designer in Northern Ireland in 1969, only to be caught up in an IRA attack in Donegall Street three years later.

Seven people were killed, but one soldier gave her first aid and comforted her until medics arrived - and now she would love to find him.

Ms Suehiro, 22 at the time, moved to Canada in 1975.

She returned this week to visit family who still live here.

"To be honest, I don't remember much about it," she told the BBC.

"I just remember waking up in horrible pain."

Injuries to her legs were so bad that she spent a year in the Royal Victoria Hospital, where doctors considered amputation, but her cousin's wife Jenny Sochor pleaded with them to take a different course of action.

She does have vivid memories of a soldier, who also visited her in hospital, and another man who gave her first aid at the scene.

"They were just talking to me, holding my hand, putting pressure on the wounds, which were mainly on my leg," she explained.

"People were saying to run away, but they didn't, they basically risked their lives for mine.

"I'd like to track him down now."

"I'd like to tell him how grateful I am for what he did," she added.

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