Doctor remembers 'colourful' colleague killed in London Bridge attack

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A doctor who attended the London Bridge attack paid tribute to a "colourful" colleague killed in the rampage.

John Chatterjee said the one-year anniversary was particularly emotional as he had seen nurse Kirsty Boden at work during the day.

The consultant, who works at Guy's Hospital in London Bridge, said: "She was always very colourful, very, very professional and really good at her job.

"I remember seeing her that morning but I didn't get a chance to speak to her. I only found out what happened the following morning.

"Today has been a challenging time for me personally."

The victims of the London Bridge terrorist attack
The victims of the London Bridge terrorist attack

Australian Ms Boden, 28, was one of eight killed during the carnage on London Bridge and Borough Market on June 3 last year.

Mr Chatterjee, who was speaking at the site as floral tributes were left in remembrance, also works for the air ambulance and rushed to the scene in that capacity.

Mike Christian, the clinical lead for Essex and Herts air ambulance, was also called into action.

He said: "When I arrived streams of people were coming off the bridge, lots of people were helping, carrying injured people, giving CPR. It was amazing to see.

One year on we remember the victims of the London Bridge terror attack, including two brave Australians, Sara Zelenak and Kirsty Boden. We continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with the UK in the fight against terrorism. #LondonUnited

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"Today was my first time walking over the bridge since then, it was very surreal.

"I could see vivid images of where people were lying... in this job you see some of the most difficult things.

"We have to recognise talking about it is one of the most important things to do."

A group of nurses who treated the wounded also attended the remembrance event.

Hannah Branford, who works at King's College Hospital, said she had tried to forget some of the horror but the emotion of the day had "opened up some scars".

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