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Nurse who died in London terror attack ‘ran towards danger’ to help others

Tributes have been made to the nurse who died during Saturday’s terrorist attack on London Bridge after running towards danger to help others in need.

Police today confirmed that Australian Kirsty Boden, 28, was one of the seven victims of the attack, as her family said her last actions were testament to her nature as a person and in her job as a nurse.

In a statement on behalf of her family, Boden was described as “the most outgoing, kind and generous person who loved to help people”.

As she ran towards danger, in an effort to help people on the bridge, Kirsty sadly lost her life. We are so proud of Kirsty’s brave actions which demonstrate how selfless, caring and heroic she was, not only on that night, but throughout all of her life,” the statement read. “Kirsty – we love you and we will miss you dearly.”

Chief executive of NHS Employers Danny Mortimer also expressed that the organisation was “devastated” at the loss of one of its own.

Our thoughts go out to everyone who knew Kirsty Boden, a nurse who worked at Guy’s Hospital in London, now confirmed as one of Saturday’s victims,” he said.

“It is truly humbling that bright, hard-working people like Kirsty were brave enough to run towards danger in aid of victims lying helpless on the bridge following such a barbaric attack.”

Mortimer added that together with the other emergency services, NHS staff have responded “swiftly and with the professionalism for which they are renowned to a major incident and are providing the treatment, care and support that is needed”. He said it shows once again that the high esteem in which the health service is held by the public is well placed.

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