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“I was thinking for a moment that I wasn’t going to make it”: Candice Hedge.

Australian woman Candice Hedge has described the moment her fortunes turned when a knife-wielding attacker launched himself at her after she was caught up in the June 3 London terror attack.

Hedge, 34, was stabbed in the neck during the attack after three men stormed Borough Market.

However, the Brisbane woman was resolute despite having suffered severe injuries that initially left her unable to talk.

“I’m not going to be deterred, I’ve got more to do here, the last thing I want is to be scared off by this,” she said on the Seven Network’s Sunday Night programme.

“We can’t let our lives be ruled by fear. We can’t be scared, what’s the point in life if we’re scared every day?

“I’m not going to let them change my life.”

Hedge was working with her British boyfriend, Luke, at Borough Market’s Elliot’s Cafe when the three men launched their attack.


…Hedge was huddled in a corner of the restaurant while Luke attempted to move the customers downstairs to the kitchen.

“One was standing basically beside me as I was huddled down in the corner,” she said.

“It really happened quite quickly, they didn’t stick around for too long. As he turned to leave he saw me there and just went in for the quick jab and got me right in the neck.”

In the moments after the attack, Hedge feared that she was going to die.

“I could feel the amount of blood and it was warm on my hand and I was vomiting blood, quite a bit, like three or four times just because it kept coming.

“And I could see how much it was and, you know, you see horror movies – it was like that. I was thinking for a moment that I wasn’t going to make it.”

Luckily for Hedge, the knife narrowly missed her major arteries and vocal chords. She remains in intensive care but is expected to make a full recovery.

Hedge was one of four Australians caught up in the attack, with nurse Kirsty Boden and au pair Sara Zelenak killed in the incident.

New Zealander Oliver Dowling was stabbed by one of the terrorists, but is now awake and talking. His girlfriend, Marie Bondeville, is in a serious condition.

 – Sydney Morning Herald


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