Fireworks and blood

Adelaide Stratton, a young 22-year-old Australian was on a trip to Nice, France, on July 14th, 2016. Her stay in France was supposed to be as vibrant as the fireworks on this national holiday in France. Instead, it ended up being a bloodbath. But not just that.

She’s at a pool party with the three friends she is traveling with, when the group decides to go to "la promenade des Anglais", the main promenade by the sea in order to see the fireworks. They don't know that they are about to disembark into hell.

Here's Adelaide's story on video:

Adelaide and her friend, Marcus, had just gotten off the bus when the truck hit both of them as the terrorist carved his deadly path. The truck crushes the base of her head and mars half of her right leg.

Adelaide has difficulty remembering what happened exactly. The screams…the panic…the blood…lots of blood…and then nothing.

When she wakes up ten meters further along, a man is holding her hand and talking to her in comforting way in a language she doesn't understand. The man is Patrick, a 40-year old local.

“The truck missed us and I went to see if I could help people maybe still alive. (...) She gripped my hand strongly I was both sad and happy to see someone was alive," explains Patrick.

Amongst the screams and people running in all directions, Patrick blocks the dead bodies around her from her view. The young woman clings to his hand and looks to the comforting face. Patrick doesn't leave Adelaide's side until it is all over. She clings to him saying “please don’t leave”.

He takes her to the lobby of the Negresco Hotel until the emergency medical services arrive and also accompanies her in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.

In addition to the crushed base of her head, which should have killed or paralyzed her, she also has a vivid scar which crosses her forehead, internal cranial injuries, and the ferocious burn from being dragged by the truck which mars half of her right leg.

Patrick visits her every day at the hospital until her parents arrive from Australia.

Her head swathed in bandages, face injuries shielded with sunglasses, and clearly under the influence of strong painkillers, she manages to keep her spirits up.

But once the parents are there, Patrick leaves her to be alone with her family. They lose touch. Once she’s able to travel again, Adelaide returns back home to Australia