Nice attack: Medics and relatives struggle to cope with injuries

People are consoled by medics outside Hopital Pasteur in Nice. Pic: Ben Birchall/PA

Eighteen people injured during the Bastille Day attack in Nice remain in hospital in a life-threatening condition, French health minister Marisol Touraine said.

A total of 85 people are still in hospital as a result of their injuries, with 18 in a life-threatening condition after French-Tunisian father of three Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel drove the hired lorry into crowds, resulting in at least 84 deaths.

Speaking to reporters in Nice, she said that while scores of people who were taken to hospital have been released, some may need further medical treatment as their injuries heal. Crying relatives hugged each other outside the Hopital Pasteur yesterday as they learned news of their loved ones.

A medical student who volunteered at the hospital said he had been one of many who helped with the bodies.

The 21-year-old, who did not wish to give his name, said: “It was all about helping identify and move bodies, dead bodies.”

The Nice promenade reopened around 36 hours later, as holidaymakers walked along the waterside stretch, which is lined with hotels and restaurants, while police officers kept watch.

People reflect upon the horrific attack in Nice as they sit in front of tributes placed where bodies fell on the Promenade des Anglais. Pic: Ben Birchall/PA
People reflect upon the horrific attack in Nice as they sit in front of tributes placed where bodies fell on the Promenade des Anglais. Pic: Ben Birchall/PA

Flowers, cards, and messages of solidarity marked the spots where bodies had been left on the road in the aftermath of the massacre.

Candles burned late into the night as crowds gathered once again in memory of those killed and injured.

Speaking in St Peter’s Square in the Vatican yesterday morning, Pope Francis prayed for the end of “terror and death” of innocents as he expressed closeness to families and all of France mourning the loss of lives.

Notes saying ‘A good journey to all the angels’ and ‘All our condolences’ left on the Promenade des Anglais. Pic: Ben Birchall/PA
Notes saying ‘A good journey to all the angels’ and ‘All our condolences’ left on the Promenade des Anglais. Pic: Ben Birchall/PA

He told the public that “sorrow is great in our hearts” and prayed that God “disperse every plan for terror and for death, so that no man dare spill more blood of his brother”.

The Pope then invited those in the square to join him in prayer for the victims and their families.

It came as French prime minister Manuel Valls said it was “without a doubt” that Islamic State was involved in the attack.

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