RELIEVED: Claire Jolliffe recalls Shanti’s “lucky” accident.
RELIEVED: Claire Jolliffe recalls Shanti’s “lucky” accident. Warren Lynam

Shanti’s 'good luck' in Paris bus accident before attacks

IT'S not often you'd consider it good luck to be hit by a bus.

But for Buderim grandmother Claire Jolliffe, that's exactly how she feels now about her 22-year-old relative's plight.

When Mrs Jolliffe heard her cousin's daughter, musician and model Shanti Kenny, had been hit by a bus on a Parisian street last week, her first fears were for Shanti's health.

Three days later those fears had shifted to feelings of relief, as she learned the guitarist and singer had been safely holed up in a French hospital, recovering, when the chilling terror attacks unfolded throughout the city of love late on Friday.

Mrs Jolliffe said Shanti had been cycling to university to sit an exam when a bus, swerving to miss a motorbike, struck the young woman, leaving her needing pins in her left shoulder and elbow to repair the damage.

"It was probably really fortunate that she was indisposed," Mrs Jolliffe said.

"She could've been out and about (when the attacks happened)."

Mrs Jolliffe said her cousin, Shanti's mother, had recently returned from visiting Shanti and her sister in Europe, when she heard of the multiple attacks carried out by Islamic State which claimed the lives of 129 people in the French capital.

"Her (Shanti's) mum rang me first thing when she heard about the attacks," Mrs Jolliffe said.

A prolific contributor to the Daily's opinion pages, Mrs Jolliffe said the attacks were a concern, but would not deter her bold relatives, who were frequent travellers. Shanti is set to remain in Paris to complete her remaining exams, once she's fully recovered.

"It is concerning ... but they're adventurous people - they love adventure," Mrs Jolliffe said.

"They travel everywhere.

"As my daughter said, it (bus crash) was heaven's way of keeping her (Shanti) safe."

Recently returned from a US trip herself, Mrs Jolliffe said she was finding it more and more difficult to know what the best way to deal with the unfolding global situation was.

"I don't know what the answer is, really," she said.

"All these things tend to bring out the real haters and the bigots which is not helpful.

"We've never faced this before - not in our time anyway - and every time this happens, it sets everything back.

"I just don't know what's right anymore. We're told not to be frightened but it is a horrible scenario ... it's all so random."

And as for Shanti, Mrs Jolliffe said in many respects she was "very fortunate" fate, in the form of the bus, stepped in.

"But she won't leave and she'll probably get back on her bike as soon as she can," Mrs Jolliffe said.

"You must continue doing what you're doing and not let the fear grab hold (that's what the politicians and others tell us after incidents)."



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