A former Inverness College UHI student recalled the scenes outside the Manchester Arena as she and her 16-year-old stepsister fled the building in terror.
Jordan-Leigh Theyers, 23, who now lives in Doncaster but previously lived with partner Daniel Taylor in Inverness, said: “My mum came across a girl who looked like she was really young that had shrapnel in one side of her leg, and the other side fractured. She was covered in blood, shaking like a leaf.
“Another woman we stopped to help was completely in shock, and said she saw the whole thing happen. She was as white as a sheet and hyperventilating – she kept mumbling.”
When inside the concert, Miss Theyer said she stayed to the right of the stage as her stepsister went to pick up a balloon on the other side the arena before she heard a “huge explosion.”
The pair spoke on the phone just moments later as the chaos unfolded, and Miss Theyers asked her stepsister to switch on her flashing bunny ears to stand out from the crowd.
They found each other near to an exit and were able to run outside before being re-united with their parents.
Miss Theyers added: “It was such a shocking act, there were so many kids there (on Monday) night, some of them just four and five years old. It broke my heart seeing kids and their parents fleeing from the scene.”
Miss Theyers said they were outside the building until the early hours of the morning and tried helping as many people in the area as they could.
She described the response of the police and ambulance service as “phenomenal.”