A TEEN who was caught up in the Manchester terror attack which left 22 people dead is still in hospital more than two years later with shooting pains all over his body.
Ciaran Danson, 15, and his little sister Tegan, 13, had been taken by their grandmother to watch Ariana Grande’s concert at the Manchester Arena.
Terrorist Salman Abedi killed 22 people and injured at least 119 more when he detonated a bomb as children piled out of the venue in what was Britain’s worst terror attack since the 7/7 London bombings.
Ciaran and Tegan were among thousands caught up in the stampede as terrified fans fled the scene.
Soon after the attack Ciaran started developing burning and shooting pains in his left leg which then spread to the rest of his body.
He was eventually admitted to hospital and the pain got so bad he was left needing a wheelchair.
He was diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, which doctors said was caused by PTSD.
The 15-year-old, from Liverpool, has now written a song, called ‘En3my’, from his hospital bed to help him in his recovery.
Ciaran said: “There’s so much time with nothing to occupy my mind in hospital.
“I decided to take positive action and do what I do best which is to sing. It has helped me to stay positive.
“The ‘3’ in En3my stands for the past three years. I’m hoping the song helps people in my position with their anxiety and know they are not alone.”
Ciaran is in so much pain he cannot even hug his mum, Lyndsay, 35.
She had bought the concert tickets as Christmas presents for Ciaran, then 13, and Tegan, then 11.
However she was taken seriously ill before the gig and so the children’s aunt went on her ticket instead, along with Lyndsay’s mum.
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She said: “Ciaran and Tegan were both huge Ariana Grande fans and this was their first concert. They were so excited. I booked a Limo and I went all out to make it the best night of their lives.
“But it literally destroyed him. They had to run through a living hell, nails flying and blood everywhere, and it was horrific for them.
“He had hallucinations about the bomber sitting on his bed and he drew pictures of him dripping in blood.
“He had such bad pains in his hips and legs that he ended up in a wheelchair – and now he is bed-bound, in hospital.”
She added: “I’m so proud of him for writing this song. It’s such a good way to help him overcome the hardships he has faced.”