Syd Nice Attack Victim Says Mystery Stranger Saved Her Life
Adelaide Stratton was overseas with friends, enjoying the treasures of France when she was suddenly and unexpectedly mowed down by a 19-tonne truck that ploughed through the crowd.
22-year-old Adelaide was walking on the Promenade de Anglais with three travel companions when she became separated from the group.
The truck then struck her before a stranger took her into his care and looked after her.
'I just remembered his face and his long hair and I remember he couldn't speak English because he wasn't telling me what had happened,' the Sydney woman told Channel 7's Sunday Night.
'He was just looking at me and squeezing my hand'.
That stranger was Patrick Sergent, and throughout the horror of the attack, Patrick was the man who held the victims until help arrived and assisted by covering dead bodies with tablecloths so that the survivors, including Adelaide, wouldn’t see them.
He also put his face close to the victim’s mouths to confirm they were no longer breathing.
As police feared a bomb might be inside the truck, ambulances and emergency services were unable to rescue remaining victims for more than an hour.
Adelaide lay paralysed just 70 metres from where the driver of the truck, Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, was shot dead by police.
And when she was taken to hospital, Patrick was there by her side.
'He's the bravest man I've ever met, what kind of person does that?' Adelaide said.
Adelaide suffered a horrific leg wound and a shattered bone at the base of her skull.
For days following the attack, she had no memory of the massacre and believed she had just tripped over in the street.
When Patrick came to visit her, she was confused at who he was until he showed her his long hair.
'I think our looks conveyed it. Words were of no use, we were just connected,' she said.
During her time in hospital, the French president paid her a visit to apologise for the attack.
'He apologised which is outrageous,' she told the program. 'He didn't do it, it's not his fault.'
'He kept saying: "This is is not France, this is not France". Since the attack, Adelaide has now returned to Sydney and is continuing her recovery with her friends and family by her side.
Source: Daily Mail