A Romanian woman who was thrown off the Westminster Bridge during the London terror attack has died, according to authorities.
Romanian architect Andreea Cristea, 31, was pronounced dead at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital yesterday, nearly two weeks after being pulled from the river when Khalid Masood went on a murderous rampage and plowed into crowds, pushing her over a barrier and into the River Thames below.
After being pulled from the Thames by fire crews and rushed to the hospital, Cristea was diagnosed with a blood clot on the brain and underwent emergency surgery. She had reportedly been on life support since March 22, which was switched off yesterday – making Cristea the fifth victim of the London terror attack.
The Daily Mail reports that Cristea was vacationing in London with her boyfriend, Andrei Burnaz, who was planning to propose to her on the same day the terror attack occurred.
Cristea’s heartbroken family and boyfriend said in a statement, “After fighting for her life for over two weeks, our beloved and irreplaceable Andreea – wonderful daughter, sister, partner, dedicated friend and the most unique and life loving person you can imagine – was cruelly and brutally ripped away from our lives in the most heartless and spiritless way.”
“There are no words to even begin to describe the crushing pain and emptiness that is left in our hearts.”
The family also said they were “deeply touched and eternally grateful” to the “never-ending dedication” of the medical staff who treated Cristea, saying their “kindness and empathy are beyond compare.”
They also announced that any donations raised to aid her recovery will be given to charity.
Burnaz also sustained injuries when Masood plowed through the crowds and had an operation on a broken foot. He has since been discharged from the hospital.
He was pushed in a wheelchair at a vigil on the Westminister bridge last week, where he left a single rose.
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