Congratulations to Ms. Gill Hicks of London on her wedding today (hattip: OxBlog). When the Luftwaffe was bombing London, defiant Londoners taught the world a lesson about fortitude. That British fortitude lives on as exemplified by Ms. Hicks, who lost 75 % of her blood when the Tube was bombed on July 7.
As noted in yesterday’s Times Online,
She was determined to stay alive, she said, despite a nagging voice in her head telling her to go to sleep.
“I looked around the carriage and I made a very firm decision that ‘this is not where I die. This is not the end for me’.”
Thus, she calmly tore her scarf in two to make a turnicate for each mangled leg, which were both amputated below the knee once she arrived at the hospital.
Thank you Ms. Hicks for a powerful lesson on the will to live. And thank you England for your qualities in the face of adversity.