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Wednesday 23 August 2017

Terror attack hero Chris is reunited with mum

Jessica Parker saw her son for the first time in 5 years
Jessica Parker saw her son for the first time in 5 years

A rough sleeper who went to the aid of the Manchester Arena bombing victims has been reunited with his estranged mother after she spotted him in news reports of the attack.

Chris Parker (33) was in the foyer when the device went off as fans left the Ariana Grande concert.

Jessica Parker, of Sprowston, Norfolk, saw her son for the first time in five years on Friday.

"It was absolutely heart-wrenching to know that he actually still wanted his mum," she said.

"He told me very matter-of-factly what he did and said, 'Mum, I've just done what anybody else would do'.

Wonderful

"I said, 'I don't think so. I think you did something really wonderful and you need to remember that'."

Mr Parker regularly begged at the Arena as concert crowds headed home, and he recalled hearing a bang and seeing a white flash as the bomb went off.

Speaking last week, he said: "It knocked me to the floor and then I got up and, instead of running away, my gut instinct was to run back and try and help.

"There were people lying on the floor everywhere.

"I saw a little girl. She had no legs. I wrapped her in one of the merchandise T-shirts and I said, 'Where is your mum and daddy?' She said, 'My dad is at work, my mum is up there'," pointing to the sky.

He also tended to a woman who had serious leg and head injuries. "She passed away in my arms. I haven't stopped crying," he said.

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