Bomb Nearly Killed Me but Now I'm Going to Be a Father

By Hunter, Humfrey | The Evening Standard (London, England), July 8, 2003 | Go to article overview

Bomb Nearly Killed Me but Now I'm Going to Be a Father


Hunter, Humfrey, The Evening Standard (London, England)


Byline: HUMFREY HUNTER

ONE year ago, Marios Gavriel was lying unconscious in hospital after being caught in a bomb attack on a Spanish tourist resort.

His life was hanging in the balance after a piece of shrapnel tore into his chest, breaking four ribs, tearing his diaphragm and bursting a lung. During the course of emergency treatment he lost a total of 16 pints of blood. His family flew out from Britain to see him, not knowing if he would survive.

But after nine days, Mr Gavriel, 34, regained consciousness and now he has largely recovered. And a woman he met a few days before the attack and who "kept him going" in hospital is now pregnant with his daughter.

Speaking for the first time about his ordeal, Mr Gavriel told the Standard: "This is my second chance at life and I'm going to make the most of it. The bomb took a part of me away, but I feel it was meant to be, because of the way I met Leona. It is fantastic that she is having a baby - it's like a new chapter of my life."

Mr Gavriel was one of six people injured in the blast - blamed on Basque separatists ETA - outside the Hotel Las Piramides, in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol, on 21 June last year.

The market trader from Edmonton had gone to Spain with business partner Darren Tarsey, 36, to sell football merchandise to English tourists during the World Cup. He said: "We left our apartment at about 7am. We were walking towards our van when we noticed the road was cordoned off.

A policeman started shouting at us in Spanish. We stood there wondering what was going on.

"Then the policeman grabbed us and started running. We got about 10 metres from the bomb when it went off. We flew up in the air and it felt like slow motion before we all landed on some grass.

"I had a sharp pain in my chest, and couldn't stand up. I said, 'I've been shot' - I didn't realise it was a bomb. Then the blood started pumping like a shaken champagne bottle out of my chest. …

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