Westminster Bridge: Boyfriend of tourist fighting for life in London attack in moving display at vigil

Francesca Gillett
Injured: Andrei Burnaz joins the crowds on Westminster Bridge: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

The boyfriend of the Romanian tourist fighting for life after plunging into the Thames in last week’s terror attack today attended a vigil at Westminster Bridge.

Andreaa Cristea, 29, is in a critical condition in hospital one week on from falling 50ft into the Thames during Khalid Masood’s rampage.

The Kent-born terrorist ploughed a car into pedestrians on the bridge before fatally stabbing a police officer outside Parliament.

Today Andrei Burnaz, also from Romania, joined a huge crowd of police officers, NHS staff and faith leaders on Westminster Bridge for a memorial marking seven days since the attack.

Terror victims: Andreea Cristea pictured with boyfriend Andrei Burnaz (Met Police )

Injured Mr Burnaz held a white rose as he was wheeled onto the bridge with his leg in a cast.

Ms Cristea, who was injured in last week's terror. (Metropolitan Police )

He joined Imams, members of the public and London’s emergency service workers in a poignant memorial to the victims.

Earlier on Wednesday, the families of Ms Cristea and Mr Burnaz issued a joint statement which read: ““Our family is so grateful for the first responders, the medical personnel and the assistance of the UK Government agencies.

“Andreea is still in a critical but stable condition and benefits from the best medical healthcare possible. We are overwhelmed by the love, support and respect for our Andreea.

“The Metropolitan Police have been and continue to work tirelessly in providing their care and support during this very difficult time.”

Five people were killed in the attack in Westminster, including the attacker and police officer Keith Palmer.

Spanish teacher Aysha Frade, who has two young children, was also among those killed, as well as US tourist Kurt Cochran and 75-year-old Leslie Rhodes.

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