7/7 Survivor: ‘I want my daughter to know how important the people who saved my life are’

Gill Hicks nearly died in the London terror bombings on July 7th 2005.


by Closer Staff |
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Nine years on, she tells Closer the people who saved her life are now like family to her.

When Gill Hicks was caught up in the 7/7 bombings, she was so badly injured, she was unrecognisable.

She lost both her legs in the horrific terrorist attacks that killed 52 people and injured 700, when four bombs were detonated at three tube stations and on a bus in Tavistock Square, London, on July 7 2005.

Gill, 46, had been travelling on the Underground and medics believe she was stood just one person away from terrorist Jermaine Lindsey, because her injuries were so severe.

Incredibly, she survived and made a miraculous recovery - which she puts down to the team of rescue workers and medics she now calls her family.

Poignantly, Gill made Tracy Russell - the first paramedic on the scene - and 10 other people who helped save her life, including doctors, nurses and psychotherapists, Godparents to her one-year-old daughter Amelia.

And they all attended the Christening earlier this year.

Speaking to Closer on the ninth anniversary of 7/7 she says:

“ Every year I see 7 July as a day of celebration because it’s when I met my closest friends.

“Tracy was the first rescue worker to reach me and now we’re very close.

She and ten other incredible people who saved my life are Amelie’s Godparents. I want her to be connected to them.

“Without them she wouldn’t be here.”

Gill received no payment for the article and instead, a donation was made toPeace Direct.

Her charity, MAD for Peace, encourages and advocates peace in societies - you can see their work here.

You can read more of Gill's incredible story in Closer’s Real Life Special, out today.

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