A TEN-YEAR-OLD survivor of the Manchester Arena bombing hopes to be out of her wheelchair by the end of the week — and is determined to get back in the saddle.
Keen horse-rider Jaden Farrell-Mann is lucky to be alive after being struck by shrapnel in her legs and torso at the Ariana Grande show in May.
But she has been discharged from hospital — where she had visits from stars including Ariana and Coronation Street’s Jennie McAlpine — and can’t wait to swap her chair for crutches.
To celebrate her fight back to health, the schoolgirl has helped give her dad Peter Mann a tattoo of a worker bee — the Manchester symbol that has been adopted as a sign of defiance to terror.
Peter, 41, from Bolton, said: ‘The tattooist helped Jaden get started but largely left her to get on with it.
‘I wasn’t bothered if it was going to be slightly wonky or wrong because that would add to it, to show that Jaden had created it.
“If it was wrong then it was proof that Jaden was alive and here. I am so grateful for that.
‘Jaden is quite arty though, so she actually did a really good job.’ Jaden, from Denton, Greater Manchester, spent two weeks at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, where she was also visited by Prince William and Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany.
The youngster, who has gone back to primary school part-time, said: ‘Seeing Prince William was great. We were chatting about horses.’