Teenage girl presumed dead and covered in t-shirts as a result of Manchester Arena bombing has made a 'miracle' recovery despite her devastating injuries, a request heard.
Martin Hibbert, 44, stood with his daughter, Eve, then aged14-year-old when a suicide bomber detonated her explosive vest about five meters away at the end of an Ariana Grande concert.
Hibbert suffered 22 shrapnel wounds, including one to his spinal cord. He shielded Eve from the blast, but a lightning strike struck her head, causing extensive brain damage "almost as if she had been shot in the head," he said on Thursday. during a public inquiry into the attack.
He said he looked towards his daughter the day after the explosion and "one moment she was there, I could see her, and the next minute she was completely covered ".
He said he saw her face cover herself twice, with people presuming she was dead. He said: "It was obvious that people thought she was dead but, since I was close to her, I could see even if I was dead.knew she was dying, she was still breathing and you could see it.
"You could see her lips quivering and really gasping. It was always a great frustration for me that, if I had passed out, Eve wouldn't be there. "
He added: " People were looking at his injury and saying that it was not possible to survive and they have it 'just covered even though she was alive and they weren't qualified to make that kind of choice.
"Even though they did. 'were, you are doing your best to ensure survival and preservation of life. You do not make this decision yourself and you walk away from it. I don't think I will ever understand that. "
The investigation learned that it was almost two hours after the explexplosion before Hibbert and Eve were taken by ambulance to separate hospitals, a delay he called "confusing ".
Eve, now 18, was at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital for 10 months, where her family learned they probably could never again see, hear, speak or move.
However, she had made a "miracle" recovery and was able to see, hear, speak and eat . "We believe that she is the only person in the world who survived this injury," he said. "There has been an article written about her, so if anyone else suffers from this injury, they know how to take care of it and help them get over it.
Hibbert, who is confined to a wheelchair, said thather daughter would need care for the rest of her life and her mother, Sarah, had to give up her job to take care of her full time. "But she 's still here, it ' s still Eve, she 's still alive and I keep telling her that she will inspire the world when she is ready to do it. little princess "he said.