Published: Sun, April 02, 2017
Entertaiment | By Simon Arnold

London attack victim stands on her own after broken leg

London attack victim stands on her own after broken leg

American tourist Melissa Cochran, who became the face of the Westminster terror attack that claimed her husband's life, was all smiles when pictured for the first time since the atrocity.

Another image - with the caption "Getting stronger every day!" - shows Melissa standing on crutches in a hospital room.

He posted the photos to a GoFundMe page raising money for in the memory of Mr Cochran and for his wife's treatment and loss of income.

In another photo - the first of Cochran since the March 22 attack on UK Parliament that killed four innocent people - she is seen laying in bed on the phone with someone as relatives look on.

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Masood, 52, was shot dead by an armed police officer after gaining access to the Palace of Westminster grounds during his attack in the heart of political London.

Mrs Cochran's brother, Clint Payne, earlier this week said the days since the attack had been "humbling and difficult" for the family, but that it had been a "tender experience" for them to be together to support her.

The couple had been visiting Melissa's parents, who were serving as missionaries in the London Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, when they were caught up in the attack.

Mr Payne said his sister was "so grateful and overwhelmed with your generosity and outpouring of love" and thanked nearly 2,000 donors for their kind words and support. "He was an wonderful individual who loved everyone and tried to make the world a better place".

Melissa's brother Clint Payne posted two pictures of his sister smiling in a London hospital on Thursday (March 30).

Kurt Cochran and Melissa Cochran. The 52-year-old then crashed the vehicle into the gates of Parliament and fatally stabbed police officer Keith Palmer.

Thousands of people joined hands in a vigil for the victims exactly a week after the attack on Wednesday, while tributes have been paid across the country.

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