A hero of the Manchester Enviornment bombing stayed with an injured man for practically an hour, holding a tourniquet, whereas he was ready for a paramedic, the inquiry has heard.
John Atkinson, 28, a care employee from Bury, instructed a police officer: “I’m going to die” however was reassured that ambulances had been on their means.
Nonetheless, it was 58 minutes earlier than paramedics took over and he had a coronary heart assault as he waited for an ambulance, the inquiry heard.
It was left to Ronald Blake – a member of the general public who was on the enviornment to select up his daughter and her good friend after the Ariana Grande live performance in Might 2017 – to try to use his spouse’s belt to stem the bleeding from Mr Atkinson’s leg.
In the beginning of a four-day listening to into Mr Atkinson’s remedy, the inquiry was instructed he was not triaged, assessed or assisted by any member of the North West Ambulance Service within the 47 minutes earlier than he left the Metropolis Room lobby at 11.18pm, carried on a makeshift stretcher by law enforcement officials and members of the general public.
Patrick Ennis, a senior paramedic who had “self-deployed” to the world, was the one paramedic within the room, till two others arrived as Mr Atkinson was being taken out.
Mr Atkinson was on the live performance with Gemma O’Donnell, who was his associate Michael’s sister and a lifelong good friend. He was behind Miss O’Donnell as they left and about six metres from the bomber, Salman Abedi.
CCTV confirmed Mr Atkinson crawling on his arms and knees throughout the Metropolis Room in the direction of the exit, leaving a “massive path of blood” behind him, the inquiry was instructed.
Medical consultants have instructed the inquiry that the “well timed software” of a tourniquet by skilled employees might have saved his life.
The inquiry has additionally heard one other of the 22 victims of the bombing – eight-year-old Saffie-Rose Roussos – might have survived if she had obtained assist extra shortly
Mr Blake, a former pizza restaurant supervisor, stayed with Mr Atkinson for 58 minutes earlier than the paramedics took over. He instructed the inquiry that the care employee “went extra quiet at occasions” and added: “I simply saved saying discuss to me.”
Mr Blake mentioned he had no first assist coaching in any respect and solely seen a tourniquet “similar to all people else, on the telly.”
The hearth brigade took greater than two hours to reach on the enviornment and no stretchers had been obtainable to hold Mr Atkinson from the Metropolis Room lobby the place the bomb had gone off.
Mr Blake described making an attempt to get him on to an promoting board from the merchandising stand however mentioned: “They could not get the board out of the doorways, the board was too flimsy to carry.”
It took seven minutes to tug Mr Atkinson from the Metropolis Room on the promoting board after which to fetch a metallic crowd management barrier to bolster it, earlier than carrying him down the steps to the concourse of Victoria Station beneath the world.
Mr Blake saved maintain of the tourniquet for an hour and it was solely when two paramedics got here to deal with Mr Atkinson, that he let go of it.
When he got here to Mr Atkinson’s assist he didn’t know the place his personal daughter, aged 21, was and it was solely after half an hour that his spouse left to attempt to discover her.
Mr Atkinson had dragged himself throughout the Metropolis Room and was discovered by Mr Blake inside seconds of the blast.
In a 999 name to the police 52 seconds after the explosion, he may very well be heard saying: “There’s been an explosion on the enviornment, within the lobby the place the doorway is. There’s hundreds injured. I am with a person now that is actually injured.
When he instructed the operator Mr Atkinson’s leg was “pumping” she instructed him: “Have you ever bought something on you. Have you ever bought one thing like a tie or a belt? It’s essential to tie it spherical the highest of his leg, alright?”
The inquiry heard that PC Chelsea Meaney reassured him at 10.59pm, 28 minutes after the explosion, that ambulances had been on their means.
When she requested if he was okay, Mr Blake instructed her he couldn’t transfer and PC Meaney requested his title and launched herself.
“I’ll die,” Mr Atkinson mentioned to her.
It was one other 19 minutes earlier than he was lifted up and brought out of the Metropolis Room.
At 11.48pm Mr Atkinson suffered a coronary heart assault from lack of blood. Mr Blake solely came upon he had died when he went to hospital the subsequent day for remedy to his personal accidents.
Mr Atkinson was described by his household as an “extremely exhausting working, robust willed, caring and beneficiant younger man” who put music, style and dancing on the forefront of his life.
The inquiry continues.