Saera Wilson and her fiancé, Matthew James were on holiday in Tunisia when a gunman opened fire on a beach in the tourist town of Sousse on Friday, June 26. James was reportedly the first person to be shot when he dove in front of Wilson to protect her from the shooter.
Seifeddine Rezgui – the Tunisian student who killed 39 people in the shocking massacre – shot James three times: in the shoulder, chest and hip. Before using his body as a human shield, the 30-year-old told Wilson to “tell our children that their daddy loves them”.
The gas engineer and his fiancée have returned to the UK from Tunisia. James is now recovering from a shattered pelvis and a heart attack, and he is currently in a “stable and comfortable condition”. The couple posted a photo from the hospital to a recovery fund page that has since been set up to help them raise money.
Wilson thanked everyone for their support and donations: “Just to say a massive thank you for everyone’s support and messages, and donations made to us. I am reading the messages and status’ out to Mat as they are coming in and he is overwhelmed by the response. Soon as he is able he will reply to people but is still recovering at the moment and I am tying for him. Much love to you all.”