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Surviving the London Bombings - One Woman's story

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Gill Hicks, a high-flying London designer, was caught in one of the July 7 Tube bombs. She had been travelling in the same packed carriage as one of the four London bombers, Jermaine Lindsey, between King's Cross and Russell Square. She was the last person to be brought out alive. Twice before she reached hospital her heart stopped. She was not expected to survive. She lost 75 per cent of her blood. Her burns have faded, her singed hair and dark eyelashes have grown back. She looks pretty, even serene, and at first appears physically unimpaired. But appearances are deceptive. Both of her legs have been amputated below the knee. She learned to walk again on prosthetic legs.
An Australian who has lived in Britain for 15 years, her amazing recovery saw her well enough to walk up the aisle and marry her faince, Joe Kerr, stage long-distance charity walks and raise thousands of pounds to show her gratitude to the staff at the hospital where she was treated under the label 'One Unknown'. As a peace ambassador for Peace Direct, a charity which supports and funds peacebuilders throughout the world, hardly a day goes by when she doesn't do something completely astonishing. Gill’s life was devastated by the bomb blast, but it was far from over. The victim of hate, she has pledged the rest of her days to working for peace.

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