The BBC made an announcement live on air within the last 30 minutes that the Romanian tourist was doing well. However, she has not yet woken after her ordeal, but hospital staff are optimistic after performing surgery.
Andreea Cristea, 29, was visiting London from her home country Romania when she was hit by the car that London attacker Khalid Masood was driving. Videos have since been shared of her falling into the River Thames, although initial reports stated that she jumped into the water to escape the oncoming attack, according to The Daily Mail.
City Cruises spotted her in the water and alerted the fire services. A City Cruise worker attempted to pull her out of the water but didn’t have the right equipment. The captain kept the boat stationary and held her to avoid the current washing her further downstream. A rescue boat was launched and she was taken directly to hospital to be treated for her injuries.
The surgery was to remove a clot from her lungs, but she remained in critical condition due to a problem with her lungs. Now she has been moved to a stable condition.
Her fiancé, Andrei Burnaz, was with her on Westminster Bridge at the time of the London attacks. He was hit by the car and suffered a knee injury. He has since been discharged from the hospital.
The news about Cristea breaks just as the BBC shared images of attacker Masood during his school days. He was known by police and MI5, but there was nobody watching him at the time of the attack. There have around 3,000 known extremists in the country and it is impossible to watch all 24/7. Masood was also considered a lesser threat to many others at the time.
Alexandria Ingham is a fulltime writer originally from the UK and now living in Canada. She is also a former Weight Watchers leader and has an avid interest in health and fitness because of this. In 2010, she started writing online and broke into journalism in 2013. While entertainment and weight loss news are her favorites, she also enjoys covering some sport and technology news. She is the United Kingdom, Diet and Fitness, Rugby, and Entertainment beat writer for Daily Voice News.