Manchester Arena bombing victim would have survived but for ‘inadequate’ emergency response, inquiry finds
The Manchester Arena Inquiry’s chairman, Sir John Saunders, stated that while John Atkinson’s injuries were “survivable,” he did not receive the “treatment and attention he should have.”
The suicide explosion that occurred at the conclusion of an Ariana Grande performance in May 2017 claimed the lives of 22 innocent bystanders, including Mr. Atkinson, a 28-year-old healthcare professional.
According to a report looking into the emergency response to the incident, “major aspects…went wrong” and “the performance of the emergency services was considerably below the standard” it ought to have been.
For those who were immediately impacted by the explosion, some of what went wrong had grave and, in the case of John Atkinson, death implications, according to Sir John.
According to testimony provided to the inquiry, firemen did not reach Manchester Arena until two hours after the attack, only one paramedic visited the explosion site in the first 40 minutes, and Greater Manchester Police (GMP) took more than two hours to declare a major incident.
Saffie-Rose Roussos, 8, was the youngest casualty, and her father called the emergency response “shameful” and “inadequate.” Some specialists told the committee that Saffie-Rose may have lived if the approach had been different.
The probability that she may have survived with different therapy and care, according to Sir John, was extremely low.
He said that what occurred to Saffie-Rose Roussos “represents a tremendous burden of damage based on the information that I have accepted.”
“It is highly likely that her death was inevitable even if the most comprehensive and advanced medical treatment had been initiated immediately after injury.”