St. Petersburg, Russia-The talented young artist from Barnaul was found unconscious with her hair on fire by her granny Vera, 58, in the seconds after the appalling terrorist attack. ‘We entered the carriage, and a few seconds later there was an explosion,’ said Vera.
‘When I finally found her, Sasha showed no sign of life. ‘After a few minutes my granddaughter finally responded. ‘I closed her eyes with my hands so that she would not see what was happening close by. All around were the dead and dying, mangled and maimed bodies, smoke and flames. ‘I saw how one body was just torn to pieces,’ she said.
‘Well done to the driver, he did not stop or slow down although the carriage was swinging in all directions. ‘Now I understand that we managed to survive only because we were sitting down when the blast came. ‘Those who were standing in the carriage were killed.
‘I saw how rescuers carried out on stretchers the victims. Vera was taken to a separate hospital to her granddaughter. ‘I had to refuse, I could not leave her alone, and I went to find her.
The young artist suffered concussion, burns on her arm, and a ruptured membrane. Alexandra’s grandfather Sergey Zyablitsky, 61, said: ‘Vera was thrown back by the explosion. ‘In the darkness, she found her unconscious granddaughter, and extinguished her burning hair.
‘Then she passed Sasha to young people who helped to take away the injured through the doors of the carriage which were twisted by the explosion. The girl’s frantic mother Nadezhda was unable to reach her relatives by phone, and feared the worst.
‘My mother finally called me back herself,’ she said. ‘I heard ambulance sounds in the background, and the trembling voice of my mother ‘We are alive, we are on the way to the hospital.