Survivor of Westminster Bridge terror attack, Melissa Cochran is pictured all smiles in a London hospital today.
The 46-year-old suffered terrible injuries when British-born terrorist Khalid Masood drove a car through crowds on Westminster Bridge last week. Three people were killed including her husband, Kurt, 54.
Her family has thanked well-wishers for the outpouring of love and generosity she has received. Images of Mrs Cochran, were posted on a GoFundMe page today set up to raise money for her and her children. In one, she stands on crutches, with her leg sheathed in a brace and a gash visible on her forehead.
In another she can be seen smiling surrounded by her parents Dimmon and Sandra Payne and brother Clint Payne as she lies in bed speaking to relatives by phone.
“Her health is steadily improving and she has been strengthened by the presence of her family. She is so grateful for the outpouring of love and generosity,” said Clint.
The couple, who were visiting London from the US to celebrate 25 years of marriage, were enjoying the final day of a trip of a lifetime when they were caught up in the atrocity. Mrs Cochran was left with a broken leg and rib and a badly cut head. She was comforted on the pavement in one of the defining images of the attack.
Relatives realised the couple were involved after seeing Mrs Cochran hurt in photographs posted online.
“The most difficult part of all of this is that Kurt is no longer with us, and we miss him terribly. He was an amazing individual who loved everyone and tried to make the world a better place.” Clint added.