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“He looked at me and I looked at him:" Terror survivor Candice Hedge gives her first interview

The Australian opens up on the horrifying ordeal that almost cost her her life.

By Bella Brennan
Nearly a week after Queensland woman Candice Hedge had her throat slashed in the London Bridge terror attacks, the 34-year-old is ready to tell her story.
Speaking with Sunday Night, Candice reveals she made eye contact with her attacker before he lunged at her.
“He looked at me and I looked at him,” Candice tells reporter Melissa Doyle on the news program.
“It really happened so quickly," she adds in the chilling interview, which will air in full this Sunday evening.
In an image released by Sunday Night, Candice sports bandages on her neck and a tube is coming out of her nose - the reality of her injuries still very much apparent.
Taking to Facebook shortly after the attack, which has resulted in eight deaths and over 50 injuries, the hospitality worker penned an update assuring her loved ones she was doing OK despite having surgery.
"Hey everyone, just so you know I'm doing Ok. Bit of pain but I will survive. Thanks for your thoughts and well wishes. Love to all," Candice wrote at the time.
The Australian woman says she made eye contact with her attacker before he slashed her throat. (Image/Sunday Night)
The world is still trying to come to terms with the despicable act in which two Australian lost their lives.
Meanwhile eyewitness Gerard Vowls has described the terrifying moment he attempted to distract and fight off the terrorists as they launched a brutal attack on a “blonde girl.”
Vowls, 47, who came across the disturbing scene while making his way home from a night out with friends, later identified the young woman as Australian nanny Sara Zelenak.
Sara, 21, was the second Australian to be confirmed killed by terrorists last Saturday.
“She was crying out "Help me! Help me!" and I tried so hard, screaming to get them to look at me,” Vowls told The Australian.
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The construction worker, who is described by the publication as “slight of build,” says he managed to distract one of three attackers as he lifted a nearby bike in a vain attempt to fight off the armed men.
“I had no weapon but I saw a bike on the ground and tried to use that,” he said. “As I went to throw it, one of the attackers turned to me with his machete and started to chase me. I wanted all of them to chase me so they would leave her alone and so I ran down to the community garden (near Southwark Cathedral).’’
Despite his best efforts, he said the attacker soon stopped chasing him and returned to the others.
Australian nurse Kirsty Boden, 28, was also confirmed dead by her family.
The attack has left eight dead and over 50 people injured.

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