Lisa Bridgett, 45, was speaking into her iPhone after the Ariana Grande concert waiting or her daughter. In a matter of seconds she could have lost her life if was not for the sturdy iPhone which deflected a nut from the explosion which sent the steel nut towards her head.
Lisa Bridgett was talking on her phone when the bomb exploded in Manchester and a nut hit her mobile phone, chopping off her finger
The metal nut is pictured left. She had surgery on Tuesday and was due to have another operation after suffering multiple injuries, including a fractured ankle and a large wound on her thigh
The nut did manage to chop off her middle finger as she held the phone – but was then deflected off the phone through her cheek and into her nose.
Her husband Steve, 45, said his wife is ‘very lucky to be alive’ and believes the smashed phone, believed to be an iPhone 6s Plus, slowed down the nut.
Mrs Bridgett, a manager of a boatyard in Pwllheli, North Wales, was at the concert with her daughter and her daughter’s friend.
She had surgery on Tuesday and was due to have another operation after suffering multiple injuries, including a fractured ankle and a large wound on her thigh.
Writing on Facebook, Mr Bridgett said: ‘Lisa is in a positive mood and feels very lucky to be alive, witnessing first hand what could have been.
‘The fact that she was on the phone at the time probably saved her life.
‘The nut hit her phone which has more than likely not only diverted it, but also slowed it down considerably.
‘This may seem a bit graphic but at the end of the day it’s a reality.
‘She will make a full recovery although I don’t think the finger will grow back.
‘All of us want to thank the police for their incredible work after the incident and all the staff at both the MRI and Wythenshawe for all the work they have done and are doing.
‘And in particular, Peter the steward at the Manchester Arena for helping Lisa outside and getting her to safety.’
Earlier today, a minute’s silence was held in St Ann’s Square, Manchester, to honour the victims who had died.
Crowds also gathered at other sites in the UK, including London’s Parliament and Trafalgar Square.