13-year-old Hollie Booth survived the Manchester Bombing last year and was left with life changing injuries. Doctors were left unsure if she would ever regain full use of her legs after she broke her right knee, her left leg and foot, and suffered nerve damage which means she requires a splint to walk.
However, she has returned to the same city where she lost her aunt and performed as part of the dance group Rise on Britain’s Got Talent. The group, which is made up of eleven people aged 10 to 24, showed their support for Hollie by performing on stage with wheelchairs. After the emotional audition which left both judges and much of the audience, both in the studio and at home, in tears, the group received four ‘yes’ votes from the judges and have moved onto the next round.
“Hollie... this is difficult... to get through what you went through and come out here and turn a negative into a positive is actually quite unbelievable. What these people did, they're cowards, and the fact that you can come on stage and do what you did and make such a positive statement with your friends, I'm very proud of you.
“In fact I salute you.”
Hollie Booth, a South Yorkshire teenager, left injured in the Manchester Arena bombing has bravely returned to the city for an emotional performance on Britain's Got Talent pic.twitter.com/LN23b9SKhO— ITV News Calendar (@itvcalendar) April 20, 2018
Meanwhile audiences at home have rushed to Twitter to share their support and adoration of Hollie.
“so emotional from just watching hollie’s audition for Britain’s got Talent. So beautiful,brave,touching and meaningful,” tweeted one viewer.
“Rise were incredible on Britain’s Got Talent tonight, i started crying the second One Last Time started playing. i have so much respect for Hollie and the rest of the troupe, you’re all inspirations,” wrote another.
“Britain’s got talent made me so emotional, it amazes me that the incredible survivors of the Manchester attack are so strong and are able to not let anything break them down, Hollie is such an inspiration and such an incredible woman,” added another.
Hollie’s mother, Claire, said:
“All she wanted to know after it happened was when she was going to be able to dance. The doctors told us it was uncertain whether she ever would.
“They didn’t know to what extent she would be able to walk.
“She’s got nerve damage too which is why it’s so difficult, but straight away she was adamant she would dance again. I didn’t think I would ever see it.”