A man who was stabbed in the neck as he fought off attackers during the London Bridge terror attack says he is now engaged to his ‘soulmate’ and that the terrorists ‘brought them closer together’. Journalist Geoff Ho, 41, Sunday Express City Editor, was enjoying a drink with friends in the Black and Blue when Khuram Butt, 27, Rachid Redouane, 30, and Youssef Zaghba, 22, drove a van into innocent pedestrians and began stabbing passers by.
They killed eight people and injured 48 others during the atrocity. Geoff’s Adam’s apple was severed and another blow narrowly missed major arteries in his neck as he attempted to take on the killers in a bid to stop them from hurting other people. The image of him being led to medical attention by a police officer went around the world and became one of the defining images of the attack.
He was rushed to hospital and had to have a tube inserted in his throat for three days, leaving him unable to speak. While he was in hospital Cecile De Alencar, 37, a friend he had known from his kung fu lessons, visited him.
Speaking to The Express, he says he always thought she was ‘lovely’ but never did anything about it because they were always involved with other people. But the attack changed everything.
He said: ‘When this stuff happens to you, suddenly you realise the people that really matter to you. It brings it home who does matter and who doesn’t. ‘She turned up at the hospital and I remember seeing her after just waking up from the operation. It was the most beautiful sight in the world.
He was released from hospital after 10 days and his first port of call was straight back to the pubs to see his friends. Just days after leaving hospital, he and Cecile arranged to have dinner at his house, and haven’t looked back since and a year on, are engaged to be married.
He added: ‘She is my soulmate. Just waking up with her in the morning, she is the first person I want to see in the morning, she is the last person I want to see at night. I cannot imagine life without her. She makes me happy and she makes me a better person.’ He added: ‘In your face, terrorists. ‘Now I tell my friends when it’s not working out for them with a girl, “Don’t worry, you can break out of the friend zone. Just don’t do anything as drastic as I have, which is to fight Islamic State”.’
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