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Bastille Day victim owes life to stranger

AAP logoAAP 28/08/2016 Anna Hitchings

A young Sydney woman seriously injured in the Nice Bastille Day terror attack says a stranger helped save her life.

Adelaide Stratton, 22, was enjoying the fireworks and the atmosphere on the night of the deadly attack when she was hit by the truck which claimed 86 lives.

"I heard absolutely nothing. I remember walking along and then ... the next thing I remember is waking up lying on the ground, holding someone's hand," Ms Stratton told the Seven Network's Sunday Night program.

The stranger was Patrick Serjent, who came to her aid after the attack.

"She immediately gripped my hand, very strongly," Mr Serjent told Seven. "I just couldn't leave Adelaide alone. It was just not possible. And I really felt that the fact that I was here, next to her made her better."

When asked if Mr Serjent saved her life, Ms Stratton said: "Yep. Definitely, definitely, definitely."

The July 14 attack was carried out by French-Tunisian terrorist Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, 31, who was shot dead by police at the scene.

Ms Stratton, who was holidaying in France with three friends, suffered a shattered bone at the base of her skull, 50 stitches and a burned leg in the attack.

Mr Serjen stayed with her and held her hand until she got to hospital.

"He is the bravest man I've ever met," Ms Stratton said. "He's ... Who does that, you know?"

Ms Stratton was eventually reunited with her three friends while boyfriend Matt and mum Chantelle flew to Nice to help her through her recovery.

Ms Stratton, who has since returned to Sydney, says she's "lucky to be alive".

"(I'm) so happy to be alive and I don't like to think about what could have been."

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