The woman who fell from Westminster Bridge during the terror attack on 22 March had her life support machine switched off on Thursday.
Andreea Cristea, a 31-year-old Romanian national, was in London celebrating the birthday of her partner, Andrei Burnaz. He was planning to propose on the day of the attack.
Cristea battled her injuries in hospital for weeks, receiving continued medical support, but her life support was withdrawn yesterday, reports the BBC.
A statement released by Andreea’s family and her partner described her as ‘the most unique and life loving person you can imagine’.
After fighting for her life for over two weeks, our beloved and irreplaceable Andreea – wonderful daughter, sister, partner, dedicated friend and – was cruelly and brutally ripped away from our lives in the most heartless and spiritless way.
She will always be remembered as our shining ray of light that will forever keep on shining in our hearts. Andreea is now unfortunately not able to have part of the money that was raised for her recovery, so we would like to donate it to charity. She would not have it any other way.
Our family, together with Andrei, are deeply touched and eternally grateful for the unimaginable efforts and never-ending dedication provided to her and us by the entire medical personnel of each and every hospital involved. Their kindness and empathy are beyond compare.
We would not have been able to live through these trying and tragically hurtful weeks without the support of the Metropolitan Police, the UK Government and every department involved.
Our hearts and love go out to our two Family Liaison Officers, Detective Sergeants Tony De-Wilde and Geraint Jones, who stood beside us every single step of the way. You were our lifeline and we will never be able to thank you enough.
The statement concluded, ‘There are no words to even begin to describe the crushing pain and emptiness that is left in our hearts.’
Andreea is the fifth victim of the attack, in which Khalid Masood drove into crowds on Westminster Bridge then stabbed a policeman to death, before being shot dead himself.
Our thoughts are with Andreea’s family at this terrible time.