A 31-year-old Romanian woman who was knocked into the River Thames during the recent terror attacks on Westminster Bridge in London has died in hospital.
Andreea Christea was walking along the popular tourist bridge with her boyfriend on March 22 when attacker Khalid Masood plowed his car into a group of pedestrians. The impact left Burnaz with a fractured foot and threw his long-term girlfriend into the Thames below.
She was pulled out of the river alive, taken to hospital in an unconscious state and subsequently diagnosed with a blood clot in the brain. She died on Thursday afternoon after she was taken off life support.
In the days after the attack, it was revealed Burnaz was planning to propose to Christea on the day of the attack and that the couple were travelling for Burnaz’s birthday.
In a statement released by the London Metropolitan Police, the 31-year-old’s family described Cristea as a “shining ray of light that will forever keep on shining in our hearts.”
“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,” they said in the statement.
They added that their daughter will now not be able to have "part of the money that was raised for her recovery" and as a result, they will "donate it to charity".
"She would not have it any other way," they said.
London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, expressed sympathy to the family on Twitter, writing: “Deeply saddened to hear of the death of Andreea Cristea. Londoners hold her & her loved ones in our thoughts today.”