Daughter wrote letter to Bassetlaw doctor who comforted her mum in 7/7 attacks

A hero doctor at Bassetlaw and Doncaster Hospitals who helped save lives at the July 7/7 attacks in London received a heartfelt letter from a daughter of one of the victims of the bus blast.

Tuesday, 7th July 2015, 2:51 pm
Awani Choudhary, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Bassetlaw and Doncaster Hospitals NHS Trust

Awani Choudhary, a consultant orthopaedic surgeon, was in a meeting at the British Medical Association (BMA) headquarters in Tavistock Square when a suicide bomber blew up the Number 30 bus outside the building.

The letter, which he received in September 2014, has been sat on his desk ever since, but next week, he says he intends to reply.

“I have read it over 100 times,” he said. “It brings back all the memories.”

“In it she talks about her mother and her prom dress.”

“It is full of grief but does not express any anger towards the person who killed her mother.”

“It is just a very very emotional letter.”

“I’m not sure what I will say but I will say that she did not die uncared for or unloved.”

Mr Choudhary said the daughter’s mum was comforted by a complete stranger who had just been in the area at the time.

“It was the passers-by who were the heroes that day,“ he said.

“I could see she wanted to say something to me but she could not speak.”

“I was just stroking her forehead and looking into her eyes and talking to her.”

A minute’s silence was held today at ceremonies in memory of the 52 people who lost their lives.

The attacks by four bombers linked to al-Qaeda, who were carrying rucksacks, was the worst single terrorist atrocity on British soil.

Twenty-six people died at Russell Square, six at Edgeware Road, seven at Aldgate and 13 on the double-decker bus at Tavistock Square.