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May 24, 2017 by Will Maule

Homeless Hero: Man Rushes To Help Children In Manchester Attack: 'We Pulled Nails Out Of Their Faces'

A homeless man said he pulled out nails from the arms and faces of injured children prior to paramedics arriving to treat victims of the brutal Macherster terror attack. Stephen Jones, 35, was sleeping near Manchester Arena when he heard the explosion, reports The Independent. After rushing to provide help, he found "a lot of children with blood all over them crying and screaming".

"They needed the help, I'd like to think that someone would come and help me if I needed the help,"  he told ITV News. "It was just my instinct to go and help people out. "We were having to pull nails out of their arms, and a couple out of this little girl's face."

"Some lady, she got cut from her side, so my mate had to hold her legs up... we just held her legs up because we thought she was just going to bleed right out."

"If I didn't help, I wouldn't be able to live with myself for walking away and leaving kids like that. Just because I'm homeless it doesn't mean that I haven't got a heart and I'm not human still."

Another homeless man, Chris Parker, described the moment when an injured woman died in his arms as he comforted her. "Everyone was piling out, all happy and everything else. As people were coming out of the glass doors I heard a bang and within a split second I saw a white flash, then smoke and then I heard screaming,” he said, according to The Independent. 

"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 was 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'."

Parker also said that he cradled a woman, who subsequently died in his arms. "She passed away in my arms. She was in her 60s and said she had been with her family,” he said. 

"I haven't stopped crying."

"The most shocking part of it is that it was a kids' concert."

"There were nuts and bolts all over the floor. People had holes in their back."

Now, the co-chairman of English football team West Ham United has offered to pay rent for Stephen Jones following his heroic efforts. David Sullivan and his son hasve offered to pay rent on a house for him for the next six months to “help him get on his feet," according to The Independent. 

Me and dad want to rent the homeless man in Manchester a house for 6 months to help him get on his feet [...] If anyone can help us get in touch much much appreciated. Such a self less act needs rewarding. Please tag anyone who can help us," Dave Sullivan Jnr. wrote on twitter. 

Shortly afterwards, Mr Sullivan posted: "WE HAVE FOUND STEVE ! Shows the power for good social media has. Thank you to all those involved, you have helped change a mans life."



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