Beatriz Rebolledo estaba trabajando en el cercano St Thomas Hospital mientras que Casto López se dirigía a casa en el autobús mientras los helicópteros volaban sobrevolando el lugar.
Beatriz Rebolledo estaba en el quirófano cuando todo comenzó. «Nos estábamos abriendo camino a través de las operaciones programadas cuando se activó la alerta», dice esta enfermera malagueña que ha estado trabajando en el St Thomas Hospital de Londres durante los últimos dos años y medio. El hospital, al otro lado del río de las Cámaras del Parlamento, atendió a la mayoría de los heridos en el ataque.
«We had to postpone any operations to keep the theatres free for any of the injured,» said the 26-year-old in the aftermath of the attack. From the window she could see all of the ambulances and helicopters while patients piled into the emergency ward. «We couldn’t cope with them all – some had to be taken to the Kings College hospital nearby because they have facilities for neurological surgery procedures and we don’t.»
«Others couldn’t be moved here and had to be attended on Westminster Bridge,» she said.
All staff prepared for the worst, «for whatever was necessary; we had no idea what was going to be needed at the time».
Two shifts were established and all staff situated nearby were placed on alert to ensure that the hospital remained adequately staffed until everyone was treated. «They don’t know how many people they will need. I live just 10 minutes away so I can be there quickly should they call me again.»
Not too far away was another person from Malaga, Casto López. He was on his way home on the bus when police patrols closed off the roads and the sky filled with the noise of helicopters. «As soon as we got home, we put on the TV and we saw what was happening,» explained this young man who lives in London with his girfriend, Marie, who coincidentally was in Paris at the time of the attacks there.
«Recently we’ve been seeing in the news that something like this could happen. We were fearing it. Surely now they will have to take security much more seriously,» he said from his home in Kings Cross where he feels «much safer».