7/7 blast survivors recount leg horrors

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A survivor of the 7 July suicide bomb attacks has described trying to stand up to help fellow Tube passengers only to find his leg had been blown off.

Andrew Brown told an inquest he noticed his "leg had gone" after blacking out for 15 minutes on a Circle Line train at Aldgate station in 2005.

Another passenger - Martine Wiltshire - told how she lost both her legs and three-quarters of her blood.

The inquests into the 52 deaths are expected to take up to five months.

Mr Brown was standing near to suicide bomber Shehzad Tanweer when his device exploded killing seven people, the inquest heard.

He was working at John Lennon Airport in Liverpool at the time, and had travelled to London for a meeting in Westminster.

'Loud heavy thud'

He said he saw a very distinct yellow flash and heard a loud heavy thud, to awake 15 minutes later lying on a window frame halfway out of the carriage.

At first he thought he had been electrocuted as he was unable to move, he told the inquest.

"As soon as I was conscious, I became aware of people moaning and calling for help," he said.

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Lee Baisden Richard Gray Anne Moffat Benedetta Ciaccia Richard Ellery Fiona Stevenson Carrie Taylor

Lee Baisden

Lee Baisden

Age: 34

Mr Baisden was standing right next to the bomber Shehzad Tanweer. The accountant worked for the London Fire & Emergency Planning Authority and had recently set up home with his boyfriend, but also spent a lot of time looking after his widowed mother.
He travelled to Liverpool Street from Romford, Essex, and got on the Circle line through Aldgate on his way to work in Westminster.

Richard Gray

Richard Gray

Age: 41

Mr Gray was a tax accountant who commuted to London from Ipswich. He was married with two children. One friend described him as "a gentleman of modest disposition, charm, courtesy and subtle humour and above all he was a family man". Mr Gray was standing opposite Shehzad Tanweer.

Anne Moffat

Anne Moffat

Age: 48

Anne Moffat was head of marketing and communications for Girlguiding UK. She was standing in the middle of the carriage between both sets of doors, close to the bomber. She commuted from Harlow, Essex, to her office in Victoria.
A colleague Muriel Dunn said: "Her loss is a terrible tragedy and she will be greatly missed."

Benedetta Ciaccia

Benedetta Ciaccia

Age: 30

The Italian-born business analyst was preparing for her wedding when she was killed at Aldgate. She was standing in the carriageway opposite the bomber and the evidence indicates she died instantly. Her fiancé, Fiaz Bhatti, spent a week on London's streets with a homemade missing person poster, hoping she may have survived.

Richard Ellery

Richard Ellery

Age: 21

Mr Ellery had recently started working for Jessops Cameras in Ipswich and was in London for a training course. First aiders tried unsuccessfully to save him at the scene. His father, brother and flatmate searched for him in London, until his death was confirmed. The family said he had been "a fun loving boy, full of enthusiasm for life".

Fiona Stevenson

Fiona Stevenson

Age: 29

Miss Stevenson was a lawyer on her way to Hammersmith Magistrates Court. Her firm described her as "hard-working, conscientious and supremely able", driven by her determination to represent the weak. She grew up in the Chelmsford area and had friends around the world. Her family said she was passionate about human rights and wanted to work for the United Nations.

Carrie Taylor

Lee Baisden

Age: 24

Miss Taylor was on her way to work at the RSA. She commuted from Billericay, Essex, with her mother. June Taylor said they would always kiss goodbye at Liverpool Street. Then Miss Taylor would turn and wave until out of view. "I'm so very glad that the last picture I have of her is smiling and waving at me," Mrs Taylor said.

"At the time I wasn't feeling any pain. I felt as if I was fine and I tried to stand up to help them and at that point I just fell forward into the debris.

"I managed to regain my seat and lifted my right leg to find out why I had fallen over, and my leg had gone."

Ms Wiltshire, 38 - who hopes to compete in the 2012 Paralympics in London - was just 6ft from the bomber when the device went off.

Life-saving action

"I recall a white light in front of my eyes and a feeling of being thrown from side to side, but I don't remember a loud bang or anything like that," she said.

"Everything was black, everything just looked very dark."

She told the inquest she owed her life to off-duty police officer Elizabeth Kenworthy who gave her a belt to apply as a tourniquet to her left leg to stem the bleeding.

The inquest later heard from Bruce Lait, a professional dancer from Ipswich, who was sitting with his dance partner Crystal Main further along the carriage from the bomber.

He described the aftermath of the blast which had knocked him unconsciousness as he read the Metro newspaper.

As the dust settled, he became aware in the gloom of a woman lying across his lap, he told the inquest. This is believed to be one of the 52 victims, Fiona Stevenson.

Another woman lying next to Ms Main is believed to have been another of those killed, Carrie Taylor.

Mr Lait recalled seeing Ms Stevenson's horrific injuries which so shocked him that he tried to look away. But he realised that she was still alive because her body was moving ever so slightly.

"I don't recall if her eyes were open or not," he said. "I remember trying to talk to her, I held her hand, I tried to comfort her, I was not aware if she was conscious or not."

Mr Lait said he felt her respond to his touch and that she eventually squeezed his hand.

"That said to me that she knew there's somebody there," he told the inquest. "I almost felt her completely relax, disappear. I almost felt her go, but I held her hand right the way through."

Mr Lait suffered minor burns, cuts and burst eardrums and remains partially deaf, but he and his dance partner were among the few survivors to walk away from the scene relatively unaided.

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