7/7 London bombings survivor pays tribute to staff at St Thomas' Hospital
Gill Hicks visited St Thomas' Hospital in London ten years after staff cared for her after she was seriously injured in the 7/7 bombings
Gill Hicks, a survivor of the 7/7 London terrorist attacks, returned to St Thomas' Hospital to meet staff a decade after they saved her life.
Ms Hicks, who had both legs amputated after the Piccadilly line tube she was travelling to work on was blown up, took her two-year-old daughter Amelie with her to meet chief nurse Dame Eileen Sills, one of the first people she saw after regaining consciousness.
She also met nurse Lucy Ford, nursing assistant Fatima Eretusi and physiotherapist Matthew Fuller, who cared for her in 2005.
She said: 'The decisions made by the health professionals at St Thomas' determined my future. I wasn't expected to survive when I was brought in, but three months later I walked out and started my second life.
'The staff who cared for me are gorgeous, wonderful people and I'll always be grateful for what they did.'
Dame Eileen said: 'We were thrilled to welcome Gill back to St Thomas' so that she could catch up with staff who worked with her in 2005.
'7/7 was a terrible day that none of us will ever forget. To see a patient like Gill ten years later, with all her optimism and enthusiasm for life after everything she's been through, is absolutely inspirational.'
Ms Hicks, who moved back to her native Australia in 2013, has been undertaking ten challenges to mark ten years since 7/7. She is completing an abseiling challenge fundraising for Guy's and St Thomas'.