Thursday 14 December 2017

London terror victim who lost husband shares hospital photo

Melissa Cochran, a victim of the Westminster terror attacks whose family have released photos of her recovery. Photo: PA
Melissa Cochran, a victim of the Westminster terror attacks whose family have released photos of her recovery. Photo: PA

Helena Horton

The first pictures of Melissa Cochran, the wife of one of the Westminster terror attack victims, have emerged as she is treated in hospital.

Despite having lost her husband and seeming to have extensive injuries, Mrs Cochran manages to smile in the pictures, which were posted on the GoFundMe page raising money for her after the loss she suffered.

The couple had been on the trip of a lifetime as they travelled around Europe.

They were on the final day of a visit to London to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary when they were caught up in the carnage on Wednesday last week.

They had a keen interest in music and owned a recording studio together.

Kurt Cochran, from Utah, was killed while walking on Westminster Bridge as a car mowed down pedestrians.

His wife Melissa could be seen lying on the floor with blood pouring from her head.

Mrs Cochran (46) suffered a broken leg, rib and cuts to her head when Muslim convert Khalid Masood rammed his Hyundai 4x4 into pedestrians on the bridge.

The GoFundMe page had reached more than $75,500 (€70,600) in donations since the attack.

Her brother, Clint Payne, said: "Her health is steadily improving and she has been strengthened by the presence of her family.

"She is so grateful for the outpouring of love and generosity.

"So many people have been so kind, and we are deeply touched by their goodness and generosity.

"The most difficult part of all of this is that Kurt is no longer with us, and we miss him terribly. He was an amazing individual who loved everyone and tried to make the world a better place."

Telegraph.co.uk

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