Relatives of a Sheffield woman missing after the Manchester bombing said today she had selflessly shielded her sister and niece in the blast.
Paul Dryhurst's niece Kelly Brewster, 32, has not been seen since she visited Manchester Arena with her sister Claire Booth, and Claire's daughter Hollie, 11.
All three were caught in the blast and Claire, 34, and Hollie were today being treated in hospital for shrapnel wounds.
Speaking from his home in Sheffield, Paul said Claire and Hollie were both underdoing surgery.
Lorry driver Paul, 59, said: "Kelly has shielded Hollie and Claire from the damage.
"The three were walking out in single file, with Claire in front, Hollie behind her, and Kelly behind her.
"When the bomb has gone off the impact has broken Claire's jaw and Hollie's legs.
"They are both currently in hospital having bolts removed from their bodies.
"After the impact Claire had gone to Hollie but when she looked up she couldn't find Kelly. They lost her in all the commotion."
Paul added: "We've now not heard anything for so long and we are holding on to the old saying 'no news is good news' but the longer it goes on, the worse it feels.
"We may appear alright on the outside but inside we are churning.
"Kelly only lives a few doors away.
"We are all so close and it is terrifying what we're going through.
"You hear of bombings in the news but nothing prepares you for something like this happening and for your own family to be involved."
He said Claire, who works at Irwin Mitchell Solicitors, Kelly, who works for local Government and schoolgirl Hollie would often go to concerts together and would travel to Manchester and London to see their favourite performers.
He said: "They were all fans of Ariana Grande - all three of them.
"They just love her music."