A teenager who underwent more than 60 hours of surgery following the Manchester terror attack has described NHS staff as "the best people in the world".
Freya Lewis, 15, had to learn to walk again after she was caught up in last year's atrocity and said she owes her life to medics at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.
Speaking ahead of a service to mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS at Westminster Abbey, where she is due to speak, Freya told the Press Association: "I feel very honoured because this is the kind of thing I usually read about in the newspapers.
"It's a bit crazy I was even chosen to even come here, let alone speak. "I feel like I can show them how much I appreciate them.
"They're the best people in the world. They're very under-appreciated. They basically saved my life."
The teenager, from Holmes Chapel in Cheshire, said the experience had inspired her to think about a career where she could help people, although she ruled medicine out as she is "not good with blood".
Paying tribute to the nurses who cared for her every day, she added: "They were more like friends to me."
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Figures released on Tuesday by NHS England showed that 116 people received inpatient care in the days immediately after the attack.
Fifty are now being treated across eight hospitals, including 17 patients who are currently in critical care.
The suicide bomb attack happened at the Manchester Arena on 22nd May and killed 22 people.
In what was a devastating week for Greater Manchester, staff across the NHS and care services, together with our public and voluntary sector partners have worked tirelessly to ensure everybody affected is receiving the care they need. Our staff are doing this with unwavering professionalism and dedication.
Like everyone else, they too, have been affected by these awful events. The overwhelming support from across the country and around the world has helped our staff get through this difficult time. On behalf of them, I'd like to thank the public for their kindness and the strength they have given us all.
Our thoughts remain with all those grieving for their loved ones and for anyone who was affected by these awful events. NHS and care organisations will continue to treat patients, and in some cases, we will be caring for individuals and supporting families for months and years to come.
We will be helping all those injured by this attack and their families, paying particular attention to their physical, emotional and practical needs to help aid their recovery and support quality of life. Each person will have a lead worker liaising with health and social care services in the area where they live.
NHS bosses have confirmed that the cyber attack incident on the Fylde Coast has now been officially been closed.
It took down hundreds of electronic systems across the Fylde coast earlier this month, affecting computers and other electronic systems used by the NHS across Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre, shuting them down in a ransomware attack on 12 May.
1,217 computers were on Fylde, 996 of which were at the hospital, but the NHS say 95 per cent of computers had been fixed within seven days, and all affected machines on the Fylde coast were back online by Monday 22 May.
We are pleased to report that we have now closed down the cyber-attack incident on the Fylde coast.
The effects of this attack were felt across all of our organisations and we must pay tribute to our staff who have worked tirelessly to make sure services have continued to run effectively and safely for our patients.
We also reiterate our thanks to people living across the Fylde coast who have shown a great deal of understanding during this time of difficulty.