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The woman seen falling into the river Thames during Wednesday’s attack in Westminster has been identified as Andreea Christa, a 29-year old Romanian architect who was visiting London and is now in a critical condition following surgery.
Romania’s ambassador to London told the Financial Times that Ms Christa was alive but seriously injured and had been transferred to St. Bartholomew’s hospital this morning.
“She is still in a critical condition; she has undergone surgery on the brain to remove a blood clot. It’s a complicated and risky procedure but it was a success and now she is stable,” Dan Mihalache said by telephone.
“My staff is there in the hospital and monitoring the situation. The biggest issue is that she is suffering serious lung problems,” he said.
It’s unknown whether Ms Christa was directly struck by the attacker’s car when it drove into a group of pedestrians on Westminster bridge, or whether she fell while trying to avoid a collision.
Mr Mihalache said Ms Christa’s boyfriend, Andrei Burnaz, was also injured during the attack. Mr Burnaz had planned to propose to his girlfriend during their visit to London marking his birthday.
“They were tourists that came to celebrate his birthday – he wanted to propose to her today. They were simply tourists.”