Former Lismore Herb Festival director Louise Barry, a survivor of the bombs.
Former Lismore Herb Festival director Louise Barry, a survivor of the bombs.

LOUISE HOLDS A VITAL CLUE

By ZOE SATHERLEY

LOUISE BARRY doesn't want to talk about the bomb toggle switch that has been found in her thigh.

"I'm fine thanks but I don't want to talk right now," said the former Lismore woman who was seriously injured when terrorists blew up the London bus on which she was a passenger.

"I'll talk to you when I'm feeling better," she said from her hospital bed at London's University College Hospital last night.

Scotland Yard detectives have revealed the toggle switch used to detonate the London bus suicide bomb was found in Louise's thigh.

They retrieved the vital clue from the hospital after an initial operation to remove shrapnel from Louise's leg, the Sunday Telegraph has reported.

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Herb Festival event coordinator was sitting at the rear of the Route 30 bus when a bomb carried by 18-year-old Hasib Hussain exploded directly above her.

The explosion dropped the top section of the bus on top of her, crushing her spine, burning her arm and embeding shrapnel in her body, including the electrical trigger switch used to detonate the blast.

Louise is now adjusting to life in a full body brace and metal halo that will help heal her broken vertebrae.

Doctors have removed a large amount of shrapnel from both legs and glass from both feet.

Her mother, Sue Brown, told the Sunday Telegraph that Louise was refusing to dwell on any negatives, despite being in a great deal of pain.

She is determined to use alternative medicines and positive thinking to hasten her recovery.

"She wants to be the first person to get out of (the neck brace) in four weeks instead of four months," she said.

Images of the suicide bombers splashed across London newspapers have reduced Louise to tears.

"She just cries when she sees pictures of the terrorists," said her mother, who has had little sleep since she arrived at her daughter's side.

"I'm just thankful to have her alive and we have her back regardless of what these murderers tried to do to us," she said.

Louise, who is well known and well loved in the Northern Rivers with many close friends, said she wanted to thank everyone who had sent messages of support.



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