Manchester Arena attack survivor dies
A teenager who survived the horrific Manchester attack has died months later.
Zara Ahmed suffered a suspected diabetic attack and collapsed at her university halls of residence. The 18-year-old was at the Ariana Grande concert in May but managed to escape unhurt from the atrocity, which killed 22 people.
Her family in Kinmel Bay, North Wales, told how she had been ‘deeply affected’ by the tragedy. A family spokesman said: ‘She was always smiling, and nothing made her happier than sitting back and singing along with her favourite singer, Ariana Grande.
‘In May 2017 Zara was attending the Ariana Grande concert at Manchester arena when it was attacked by a suicide bomber.’
Zara’s family said she was a devout Muslim who believed in spreading peace.
The spokesman said: ‘During a time of distress and fear Zara held onto her faith and never hid it from others. She refused to allow anyone to use her religion as a reason to hurt others. Her prayers were said for all those affected, regardless of faith, colour, race or religion.’
Zara went to Liverpool John Moore’s university to study science and her ultimate ambition was to become a forensic scientist. Her family said: ‘At the age of 11 months, Zara was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and so began a daily routine of insulin injections and careful management of a strictly controlled diet.
Her father Kadeem and mother Asefa said it never prevented Zara from ’embracing life and everything that went with it’. The family statement added: ‘Zara worked hard but she also played hard – she was a true live wire and embraced life 100%.’
Any donations made in Zara’s memory will be gratefully received by Diabetes Research.