Westminster attack: Andreea Cristea, who fell into Thames, dies in hospital

A woman who fell into the Thames during the Westminster terror attack has died. Andreea Cristea had been receiving treatment in hospital following the attack on 22 March, but life support was withdrawn on Thursday. The 31-year-old, a Romanian national, had been visiting London when a car driven by terrorist Khalid Masood ploughed into crowds on Westminster Bridge. Police said her family and partner, Andrei Burnaz, were being supported by family liaison officers.

After fighting for her life for over two weeks, our beloved and irreplaceable Andreea - wonderful daughter, sister, partner, dedicated friend and the most unique and life-loving person you can imagine - was cruelly and brutally ripped away from our lives in the most heartless and spiritless way.

Statement from Ms Cristea’s family

In a statement, her family paid tribute to their “shining ray of light” and said they wanted to donate money raised for her recovery to charity. “Andreea is now unfortunately not able to have part of the money that was raised for her recovery, so we would like to donate it to charity. She would not have it any other way. There are no words to even begin to describe the crushing pain and emptiness that is left in our hearts. Our family, together with Andrei, are deeply touched and eternally grateful for the unimaginable efforts and never-ending dedication provided to her and us by the entire medical personnel of each and every hospital involved. Their kindness and empathy are beyond compare.”