One British woman is lucky to be alive after being caught in the devastating Manchester terrorist attack that killed 22 people and injured more than 100 others on Monday, May 22.
According to a new report from Independent, Lisa Bridgett, 45, was midway through a phone call when Salman Abedi detonated a bomb killing 22 people, injuring dozens others and sending a steel nut hurtling towards her head.
The nut sliced off her finger before deflecting off her iPhone and cut through her cheek before finally becoming lodged in her nose. According to her husband, she is “lucky to be alive” and the smashed phone shows just how lucky she was as it slowed the nut down and avoided a fatal injury.
“The fact she was on her phone at the time has probably saved her life…as the nut has hit her phone which has more than likely not only diverted it, but also slowed it down considerably,” he was quoted as saying.
The outer case of Apple’s iPhone 6S is made from aluminum, which appeals to manufacturers due to its malleable properties. Despite the fact iPhones are sleek in their design, the aluminum makes it very hard to break. Luckily, the iPhone’s sturdy construction prevented what would have certainly been something much worse for its user.
“All of us want to thank the police for their incredible work after the incident and all the staff at both the MRI [Manchester Royal Infirmary] and Wythenshawe for all the work they have done and are doing,” Bridgett’s husband said.