Popular teaching assistant left badly injured by Manchester terror attack is welcomed back to work by adoring pupils

A popular teaching assistant badly injured during the Manchester terror attack has returned to work – much to the delight of pupils at the school where she works.

Sharon Crawford was caught up in the bombing as she waited in the foyer for her 14-year-old daughter to return from the Ariana Grande concert on May 22.

She spent two weeks receiving treatment after a bolt from the bomb went through the top of her leg, breaking her Femur and also left her with severe foot injuries.

Staff at Barnton Primary School in Cheshire produced a touching video for her in the aftermath of the attack – with pupils singing Count on Me by Bruno Mars.

Fifty-four pupils joined hands in a line to send a message of support to their teaching assistant.

Sharon Crawford back at work with the delighted youngsters at Barnton Primary.

Speaking about the day of the attack, Sharon said: “It was horrific – I think that’s the only word I could use.

“Looking back you don’t realise how bad it was until you think about it – it was absolutely terrifying.

“Life means more now – everybody takes it for granted.”

As part of her physical recovery doctors put a metal pin in her damaged leg from her knee to her hip.

She remains on crutches after fracturing her Femur – the longest bone in the body which is located in the top of the leg – while her treatment continues at Leighton Hospital.

However, Sharon is now looking ahead after returning to work.

She said: “The hospital staff have been amazing – the whole NHS has.”

Sharon Crawford back at work with the delighted youngsters at Barnton Primary.

“I have good days and bad days but I’m just looking at the positives.

“I still have lots of hospital appointments and quite a long road ahead to recovery but the fact that I’m still here is great – there were people who weren’t so lucky.”

“I just want to thank the whole community for all the support – colleagues, friends and family.

“Barnton helped to pull me through.

“I have been here for nine years – I know all of the children and I think video they made really helped me when I was in hospital.

“The support I had from everybody was incredible.

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