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Young father shot after throwing himself in front of fiance during attack

A Tunisian security member stands next to a swimming pool at the resort town of Sousse
A Tunisian security member stands next to a swimming pool at the resort town of Sousse

A holidaymaker who was shot during the terrorist attack threw himself in front of his fiance to save her, it has been reported.

Saera Wilson said gas engineer Matthew James, 30, from Trehafod, near Pontypridd, was trying to protect her when the gunman opened fire, according to the BBC.

Ms Wilson, 26, said that Mr James, was hit in the shoulder, chest and hip.

Speaking from the hospital where Mr James is being treated, Ms Wilson told the broadcaster: "He took a bullet for me. I owe him my life because he threw himself in front of me when the shooting started.

"He was covered in blood from the shots, but he just told me to run away.

"He told me: 'I love you babe. But just go - tell our children that their daddy loves them'.

"It was the bravest thing I've ever known. But I just had to leave him under the sunbed because the shooting just kept on coming.

"I ran back, past bodies on the beach to reach our hotel. It was chaos - there was a body in the hotel pool and it was just full of blood.

"You just can't explain how terrible it was. It was chaos with screaming and gunshots. I'm just so glad Matthew is alive because so many other people are dead."

She said they had left their two children, Tegan, six, and Kaden, 14 months, at home with their family when they set off to Sousse on June 21 for a two week holiday.

When she got back to their hotel she hid in a cupboard to stay safe until it became quieter, the BBC reported.

Ms Wilson said she kept speaking to people until she found out he was at the hospital.

"I've been to the hospital intensive care and I'm just staying here on a chair now. His pelvis was shattered by the bullet and he also had a heart attack.

"But he is alive. I'm just praying we can get out of here as soon as we can," she told the BBC.