London attacks: US victim's widow pictured recovering in hospital

Melissa Cochran in  a photo posted to GoFundMe with the caption "Getting stronger every day!"
Melissa Cochran in a photo posted to GoFundMe with the caption "Getting stronger every day!"PHOTO: GO FUND ME

LONDON - The widow of Westminster terror attack victim Kurt Cochran has been pictured in hospital after her brother set up a GoFundMe page to give his sister an income during her recovery.

Melissa Cochran, 46, suffered a broken leg, rib and head wounds when Khalid Masood drove a Hyundai 4x4 into them on Westminster Bridge in London on March 22, 2017. Her 54-year-old husband was killed.

The couple, from Utah in the US, were sightseeing on the last day of a trip around Europe to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary.

Melissa Cochran recovering in hospital. PHOTO: GO FUND ME

Melissa's brother Clint Payne posted two pictures of his sister smiling in a London hospital on Thursday (March 30). His GoFundMe page aims to raise US$50,000 (S$70,000), but had far surpassed that by Saturday morning Singapore time, with over US$77,000 raised.

One photo shows her sitting up on a hospital bed looking at a mobile phone with the caption: “Talking with loved ones at home is some of the best medicine.”

A second picture shows her standing with the help of crutches, with the caption: “Getting stronger every day.”

The couple had travelled to Germany, the Netherlands, Ireland and Scotland before arriving in London, which was to be their last stop. They were scheduled to fly back to the United States on March 23, 2017.

Payne said: “Her health is steadily improving and she has been strengthened by the presence of her family. She is so grateful for the outpouring of love and generosity.

“So many people have been so kind, and we are deeply touched by their goodness and generosity.

"The most difficult part of all of this is that Kurt is no longer with us, and we miss him terribly. He was an amazing individual who loved everyone and tried to make the world a better place.”

The couple were visiting Melissa’s parents, who are Mormon missionaries at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the capital, said a Guardian report. They were both self-employed, having built a recording studio, often donating their time and studio to local schools and other worthy causes.

Kurt Cochran died at the scene on the bridge. An inquest into the death of the four people killed by Masood, which was opened and adjourned on Wednesday, heard that he had died from multiple injuries.

In a statement at New Scotland Yard on Monday, Melissa Cochran’s family said they did not know that the couple – believed to be among the first hit by Masood – had been caught up in the attack until they saw pictures on social media, the Guardian reported.

The family declined to comment on their feelings towards Masood, the Guardian said.