A HERO off-duty junior doctor begged to be allowed out of a restaurant to help victims stabbed in the London Bridge attack, an inquest heard today.
Dr Jonathan Moses, who graduated a year-and-a-half before the terrorists struck on June 3 2017, told a member of staff in the restaurant: "You have to let me out, I'm a doctor…I can't watch them die."
He recalled how he could hear people "shouting and screaming" as he ate dinner with a friend.
Dr Moses told the inquest: "I could hear people saying, 'Oh God, oh God, help, help, they've been stabbed, they've been stabbed'".
The medic, who had four months' experience working in A&E, said he could see two people lying on the pavement outside from the upstairs window of Lobos in Borough High Street.
"I immediately wanted to help so I ran," he said. "I told my friend, 'I'm going outside to help'.
"I ran down the stairs. The restaurant, the place was in a panic – people running away from the door, people screaming.
"I made my way to the door, spoke to a member of staff at the restaurant. He was standing by the door keeping guard.
"I said, 'You have to let me out, I'm a doctor.' He said, 'There's people being attacked, I can't let you out'.
"I said, 'I can't watch them die. You have to let me out and just lock the door after me to keep people safe'."
Dr Moses said he went outside to help and found a man and woman lying on the ground.
The man was not moving but the woman was moving and screaming, he said.
You have to let me out, I'm a doctor
The doctor said he saw other injured people had help around them so decided to go to the woman.
"I had to make a quick decision to the best of my memory. I do not recall seeing either of the two people on the floor had any assistance and I did not know what was the right thing to do because I had not been trained in that situation," he said.
"I went to her first because she was showing signs of life and that was where I thought I could help the best."
Dr Moses said he introduced himself to Marie Bondeville, who survived the attack, and told her he was a doctor.
He told the court: "I told her I'm a doctor, I'm here to help you. I asked her what her name was and I asked her what happened, if she was in pain, if she could remember anything.
"She was unable to respond to my questions, she was too distressed. I noticed she had lacerations and stab wounds to her neck and chest area. She had lacerations to her face.
"I remember at this point thinking that the wounds looked like they were deliberate penetrating stab wounds.
"I initially thought this was a mugging or gang attack. She kept saying she's going to die. She's going to die.
"I held her hand. I told her, 'You are not going to die. I'm going to save you. You are going to be OK'."
Dr Moses said after about four or five minutes he moved on to treat Ignacio Echeverria, 39, after he had been fatally stabbed trying to fight off the attackers with his skateboard.
Dr Moses said he performed chest compressions, while a police officer gave rescue breaths, as he shouted for help and said they needed oxygen and a defibrillator.
He provided CPR to Ignacio, a Spanish banker, for 50 minutes.
He told the court there "were no signs of life" and that when the defibrillator was attached Mr Echeverria's heart had a "non-shockable rhythm".
The victim was carried to the north side of the bridge where casualties were being treated at a field hospital.
He was told there by a senior doctor to treat the area like a “war zone” and to deal with casualties that were most likely to survive.
Dr Moses also treated Oliver Dowling – Marie’s partner – and Christine Delcros, 47 the girlfriend of Xavier Thomas, 45 who died in the attack.
Xavier 45, Christine Archibald, 30, Alexandre Pigeard, 26, Sara Zelenak, 21, Kirsty Boden, 28, Sebastien Belanger, 36, James McMullan, 32, and Ignacio, 39, all died in the attack.
The inquest for the eight killed in the June 2017 atrocity continues.
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