Sunday 19 November 2017

London terror victim who was thrown into the Thames still fighting for life

Boyfriend planned to propose to Andreea on day of attack

Andreea Cristea was injured during last week's terror attack on London's Westminster Bridge as Khalid Masood drove through pedestrians. Photo: PA Wire
Andreea Cristea was injured during last week's terror attack on London's Westminster Bridge as Khalid Masood drove through pedestrians. Photo: PA Wire
Family members of Westminster Bridge attack victims Melissa and Kurt Cochran attend a news conference at New Scotland Yard, in London. Photo: REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

The family of a Romanian woman who fell from Westminster Bridge into the River Thames during the terrorist attack have said they are "overwhelmed by the love, support and respect" shown for her.

Andreea Cristea (29) was due to receive a marriage proposal from partner Andrei Burnaz later that day, but was critically injured as attacker Khalid Masood ploughed through pedestrians.

Footage of the atrocity showed Ms Cristea falling from the bridge into the water below.

In a statement, the couple's families said they were "so grateful" for the work done by the emergency services.

Andrei Burnaz and Andreea Cristea from Romania who were injured during last week's terror attack on London's Westminster Bridge as Khalid Masood drove through pedestrians. Photo: PA Wire
Andrei Burnaz and Andreea Cristea from Romania who were injured during last week's terror attack on London's Westminster Bridge as Khalid Masood drove through pedestrians. Photo: PA Wire

They said: "Andreea is still in a critical but stable condition and benefits from the best medical healthcare possible. We are overwhelmed by the love, support and respect for our Andreea.

"The Metropolitan Police have been and continue to work tirelessly in providing their care and support during this very difficult time."

Witnesses reported seeing a body lying face-down in the Thames in the wake of the incident that left Masood and four victims dead.

After being rushed to hospital for treatment, Ms Cristea was diagnosed with a blood clot on the brain and underwent surgery.

Mr Burnaz had an operation on a broken foot but has since been discharged.

Romanian ambassador Dan Mihalache said he thought the car mounted the pavement and hit Mr Burnaz first, before pushing Ms Cristea into the Thames.

He told the BBC: "It is quite a dramatic story because they were two people that were tourists.

"They were coming to London to celebrate their birthday. He intended to ask her for marriage in the same day and this was unfortunately their destiny.

Attacks: Flowers placed on Westminster Bridge, London, after the terrorist incident last Wednesday Photo: Victoria Jones/PA
Attacks: Flowers placed on Westminster Bridge, London, after the terrorist incident last Wednesday Photo: Victoria Jones/PA

"It is quite a miracle that she could survive this very complicated experience because she was practically thrown to the Thames."

Ms Cristea received emergency treatment on a pier after being pulled from the water.

Witness Michael Adamou, 25, a London bus driver, said he "heard one guy come running behind me, shouting his wife had jumped into the river to avoid getting knocked down".

Press Association

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