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Final moments of Aussie nurse played at London terror inquest

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Chilling video has been played to the court showing the final moments of South Australian nurse Kirsty Boden, who was killed in the London Bridge terror attack.

The 28-year-old has been dubbed "the angel" of the attacks, after she lost her life helping other victims.

The inquest into the atrocities today heard Ms Boden didn't hesitate telling friends, "I'm a nurse, I need to go and help", when the attackers' van crashed into a railing above the Boro Bistro where she was having dinner with friends.

a close up of a woman with a yellow flower: Kirsty Boden was stabbed by the attackers. © AAPKirsty Boden was stabbed by the attackers.

Friend Melanie Schroeder told the inquest through a statement, the group of three girlfriends had just ordered their second bottle of wine at dinner and had been making future plans when the van crashed and Ms Boden got up to help.

Falling debris had struck diners and had knocked one man unconscious.

Moments after the nurse went to help, Ms Schroeder heard screaming and remembered thinking, "why are people so scared, it's just a car crash?"

Ms Schroeder and her other friend, Harriet Mooney, grabbed their bags and ran with them, but turned back to find Ms Boden.

a woman smiling for the camera: Kirsty Boden's final moments were played to the court. © AAPKirsty Boden's final moments were played to the court.

They discovered their friend bleeding in an alley from her stab wounds.

"I was saying no, no, Kirsty, where are you hurt?" Ms Schroeder's statement said.

The inquest was shown the horrifying video, showing the stampede of revellers running as the armed men tore though the area.

The disturbing footage, filmed on a mobile phone by a witness, also showed the moment Ms Boden was stabbed.

The tip of a knife would later be found in in her skull during a post-mortem exam.

Doctor Saira Kahn had been eating in the same restaurant as the three young women, and helped give Ms Boden CPR.

a group of people posing for a photo: The victims of the London Bridge terrorist attack: (top row from left to right) Christine Archibald, James McMullan, Alexandre Pigeard, Sebastien Belanger, (bottom row left to right) Kirsty Boden, Sara Zelenak, Xavier Thomas and Ignacio Echeverria. (Supplied) © SuppliedThe victims of the London Bridge terrorist attack: (top row from left to right) Christine Archibald, James McMullan, Alexandre Pigeard, Sebastien Belanger, (bottom row left to right) Kirsty Boden, Sara Zelenak, Xavier Thomas and Ignacio Echeverria. (Supplied)

She quickly realised the nurse was in cardiac arrest, and unable to be saved.

"We didn't know if an ambulance was coming " the doctor told the inquest.

Ms Schroeder and Ms Mooney held their friend's hand in her final moments, until police told them they had to leave.

They took off her watch, a treasured item, "that her boyfriend Jimbo had given her."

Both women are so distressed by the events a lawyer read their statements to the inquiry, so they didn't have to sit in the witness box.

Ms Boden's father Ken has made the trip from the family's hometown of Loxton in country South Australia.

The proceedings have been live streamed so her family at home in Australia can hear the evidence relating to her death.

Ms Boden's long term partner, James Hodder, earlier told the inquest, "I am still head over heels in love with Kirsty."

The 28-year-old was post-humously honoured with the Queens bravery award for her efforts during the terror attack which claimed eight lives.

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