Prince Charles visits Westminster terror victim who was flung over attacker's car

Alan McGuinness, News Reporter

A student who was hit by London attacker Khalid Masood's car as it careered along Westminster Bridge has been visited by Prince Charles in hospital.

Travis Frain posted a picture on his Facebook account of the Prince of Wales sitting alongside his hospital bed.

The 19-year-old suffered a fractured leg, fractured left arm, cuts to his thigh and two broken fingers after going over the bonnet of Masood's Hyundai.

Mr Frain, who is studying politics and history at university in Lancashire, had been in Parliament to watch Prime Minister's Questions.

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His mother Angela said Prince Charles stayed for about 10 minutes.

She said: "He sat next to Travis and asked him how he was doing and asked him about his injuries.

"I don't really follow the royals but obviously, Travis was very excited to see him."

Mr Frain is one of five people being treated at King's College Hospital.

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The hospital treated eight people initially, two of whom have since been discharged.

Seventy-five-year-old Leslie Rhodes died at the hospital on Thursday when his life support was switched off.

Charles thanked hospital staff for their "marvellous efforts" during his visit.

He met the victims privately and also chatted to staff involved in treating the patients.

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Speaking to staff, Charles said: "Thank you for all your marvellous efforts."

He added: "How you do it, I don't know."

The Prince hailed their teamwork and joked: "As long as you're still talking to each other."

Delighted nurses shook hands with Charles and took photographs of him as he left.

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During his visit, Charles met consultant radiologist Pauline Kane, who was working when attack victims were brought to the hospital.

After chatting with the Prince, she said staff dealt with a series of typical blunt trauma injuries "one after the other" on the afternoon and evening of the attack, almost as though it was a "conveyor belt of organised, structured, really efficient medical care".

She said it was "fantastic" that Charles visited, adding: "It's great for the patients. They appreciate the fact that he cares.

"He does care, clearly. And the family around them... It's nothing but a positive event, really.

"It's extremely kind of him."

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Consultant neurosurgeon Irfan Malik, who was also working, said the hospital was "very much prepared" for dealing with the incident.

He said the victims of the attack had arrived with serious brain injuries and serious spinal cord injuries.

Mr Malik said of the Prince's visit: "I think it was a great boost to the patients, to their relatives and also for the staff as well."

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