Many Brits are saying emergency services have made them most proud of their country today
Hero doctors and nurses ran from a nearby hospital to help the injured after a terrorist mowed down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London today.
NHS staff at St Thomas’ Hospital, which is adjacent to the bridge, fled from their workstations without hesitation – not knowing whether there was danger ahead and if they were risking their own lives.
Images taken at the scene of the attack show hospital staff attending to casualties, nurses piling up blankets to distribute to those involved in the attack and, in one particularly haunting image, a medic clutching his head in despair.
Tonight, it is these helpers who are most playing on people’s minds – not the terrorist who committed the attack.
They have been described as ‘real heroes’, selflessly risking their own safety to save the lives of others.
As one person rather eloquently put it on social media: “In the darkest of days, hundreds of heroes appear”.
Others said that these acts of heroism are “what makes our great nation so unique.”
Leanne Fluke wrote in an NHS Facebook group: “Watching our ladies and gents doing what they do best during the ongoing incidents in London right now.
“Potentially putting themselves at risk in order to help others (along with the other emergency services)
“Proud to work within the family that is the NHS.
Stay safe everyone x”
St Thomas’ Hospital is a large NHS teaching hospital in Central London, England.
It is just feet away from Westminster Bridge, where a terrorist used a car to mow down pedestrians on the pavement earlier this afternoon in an incident police are classing as terrorism.
A police officer was then attacked outside the Houses of Parliament and later died after receiving ‘knife-related injuries’.
The attacker was shot and later died. Two other people also died from their injuries and more were injured.
Police are conducting an ongoing investigation into the day’s events.