London terror attack doctor gives evidence at inquest

  • Dawn O'Shea
  • UK Professional News
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The inquest into the deaths of the London Bridge terror attack victims has heard evidence from the young doctor who rushed into the street to assist the injured.

Junior doctor Jonathan Moses had graduated just a year-and-a-half before terrorists struck on 3 June 2017. Three attackers drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge and subsequently launched a knife attack in nearby Borough Market, injuring 48 people and killing eight.

Dr Moses had been having dinner at a restaurant in the area at the time of the attack. He persuaded one of the restaurant staff to unlock the door, saying "I can't watch them die. You have to let me out”.

Outside the restaurant, he found a woman lying with her arms outstretched, trying to move, and screaming. A man was against a wall, holding themselves, he told the inquest.

“I had to make a quick decision to the best of my memory. I do not recall seeing either of the two people on the floor had any assistance and I did not know what was the right thing to do because I had not been trained in that situation,” he said.

“I went to her first because she was showing signs of life and that was where I thought I could help the best.”

The woman was survivor, Marie Bondeville. The male victim was Ignacio Echeverría, who died from his injuries after trying to fight the attackers away from Ms Bondeville with his skateboard.

Speaking outside the inquest, Dr Moses said the thing which has resonated with him was the spirit of “kindness, of care, love and support from so many people”.

He added: “There were so many brave, heroic acts and so many acts of kindness and it was a true display of humanity at its best.”

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