THE London Bridge terror inquest yesterday heard the last words of a brave nurse moments before she was stabbed to death by a brainwashed jihadi.
Australian Kirsty Boden, 28, was dubbed “the Angel of London Bridge” after she rushed to the aid of a dying victim on June 3, 2017.
Kirsty Boden was stabbed in the head by a depraved terrorist while trying to help others during the London Bridge attack, an inquest heard[/caption]
Her friend Melanie Schroeder told how Kirsty had “jumped up” from their table in the Boro Bistro restaurant after the attackers’ van crashed nearby.
In a statement read to the Old Bailey, she recalled: “Kirsty said, ‘I’m a nurse. I have to go and help.’”
Panic spread as the three terrorists lashed out with knives and Melanie and another pal, Harriet Mooney, began to flee.
They turned back to find Kirsty on the ground. Melanie said: “She had a stab wound.”
Off-duty GP Saira Khan eventually pronounced her dead.
Khuram Butt, 27, had knifed her so hard a fragment of the blade was later found in her skull.
The terrorists were shot dead by police near Borough Market less than 10 minutes later.
I’m a nurse. I have to go and help
Kirsty's final words to her friends
In a statement read to court, Melanie said: “Kirsty jumped up and said ‘I’m a nurse. I have to go and help. I need to see if they need help’.”
“Kirsty headed off and I thought nothing of it.
“The next thing I remember was hearing screaming and thinking to myself ‘calm the f*** down it’s just a crash’.
“Harriet was saying we needed to leave, we needed to go.
“I was saying we can’t, we need to wait for Kirsty.”
Melanie said they ran away with other diners and she came across Kirsty’s body on the ground as she returned.
She said: “As I was walking back to the Boro Bistro I saw Kirsty lying on the corner.
CCTV shows the brave nurse during the June 2017 massacre[/caption]
Aussie-born Kirsty was found by her friend lying on the ground with a stab wound to the head. She was pronounced dead moments later[/caption]
“I recognised the person lying in the floor as Kirsty because of her bright pink cardigan.
“I screamed ‘Kirsty’ and ran down the alleyway.”
Kirsty had suffered stab wounds and was alive but unable to speak, she said.
Melanie helped with first aid along with a GP who gave chest compressions before pronouncing the nurse dead, the court heard.
Gareth Patterson QC, for her family, said Kirsty, who was engaged to be married, got up within seconds of the crash, thinking of others rather than her own safety.
The senior Guy’s Hospital nurse was “right there in the thick of it” when she tried to help Mr Pigeard.
Mr Patterson said the tip of Butt’s knife was found embedded in her head, most likely from the blow caught on CCTV.
Kirsty was one of eight people killed when three terrorists mowed down pedestrians on London Bridge and ran amok around Borough Market.
Xavier Thomas, 45, Christine Archibald, 30, Mr Pigeard, 26, Sara Zelenak, 21, Kirsty, 28, Sebastien Belanger, 36, James McMullan, 32, and Ignacio Echeverria, 39 all died in the atrocity.
The inquest for the eight killed in the June 2017 atrocity continues.
Kirsty, with fiance James Hodder, has been praised for her brave and selfless actions during the massacre[/caption]
The right victims, top row left to right: Christine Archibald, James McMullan, Alexandre Pigeard, Sebastien Belanger. Bottom row left to right: Kirsty Boden, Sara Zelenak, Xavier Thomas and Ignacio Echeverria[/caption]
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