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A woman who lost both her legs in the 7/7 attacks has paid an emotional tribute to the off-duty policewoman who saved her life.
Martine Wright said she would have died in the bombing at Aldgate station in London if Pc Elizabeth Kenworthy had not applied a makeshift tourniquet to stem her bleeding.
She said: "People like that don't come around that often and if it wasn't for her I would be dead. It's a very special relationship I have with her."
Ms Wright, who is now a 2012 Paralympics hopeful, was herself hailed as "truly inspirational" by the coroner hearing the inquests for the 52 victims of the atrocities.
Pc Kenworthy, who received an MBE for her bravery that day, relived her panicked wait for rescuers as she battled to keep alive Ms Wright and fellow passenger Andrew Brown, who also lost his legs in the attack.
She told the inquests it was more than half-an-hour after the blast before the emergency services arrived.
Pc Kenworthy, who had only completed a basic first aid course, described how she used her corduroy jacket to slow the blood pouring from Mr Brown's left leg. She also tied a belt around Ms Wright's leg and waited for paramedics to arrive.
The Metropolitan Police constable was in the fourth carriage of the eastbound Circle Line train when suicide bomber Shehzad Tanweer detonated his bomb in the second carriage at 8.50am on July 7, 2005.
Ms Wright, 38, from Tring, Hertfordshire, described to the inquests how she lost three-quarters of her blood in the bombing.
She was one of the last people to be pulled alive from the Aldgate train and spent nine months undergoing major operations at the Royal London Hospital and learning to walk again at Queen Mary's Hospital in Roehampton.
The hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice in London was adjourned until tomorrow.