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Welsh 'hero' shot in Tunisia terror attack returns home

A Welshman shot three times while protecting his fiancee from the gunman during the Tunisian terror attack is in stable condition in hospital back home.

Mathew James, a father-of-two from Trehafod in Rhondda Cynon Taf, has been hailed as a hero after being shot in the shoulder, chest and hip after throwing himself in front of the gunman to protect his fiancee.

The 30-year-old's fiancee Saera Wilson posted a photograph of herself and Mathew in hospital on Facebook on Sunday morning.

Mathew and Saera pictured back in Wales this morning - with their thumbs up. Credit: Facebook - Saera Wilson

On a page set up to raise money to help Mathew's recovery, Saera wrote:

Just to say a massive thank you for everyone's support and messages, and donations made to us.

I am reading the messages and statuses out to Matt 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 typing for him. Much love to you all.

– Saera Wilson, Mathew James' fiancee

Mathew is now said to be in a "stable and comfortable condition" in hospital here. He and Saera have thanked medical teams in Tunisia and Wales for their help.

Mathew and Saera seen on their holiday in Tunisia before the attack. Credit: Facebook - Saera Wilson

She previously described how, when the shooting started, Mathew said, "I love you babe. But just go - tell our children that their daddy loves them."

She added: "He took a bullet for me. I owe him my life because he threw himself in front of me when the shooting started - it was the bravest thing I've ever known."

They flew back to the UK last night, after he was treated for his injuries in hospital in Tunisia.

Mathew James was shot three times on a Tunisian beach. Credit: Wales News Service

Mr James' mother Kathryn Matthews said it was the "most fantastic feeling" seeing Saera step off the plane while her son was carried on a stretcher behind her.

She also told friends on Facebook that her son had held the hand of a dying man during the attack.

"So proud of him, after being the first to be shot and making sure Saera got to safety, he held the hand of an elderly gent who lay dying next to him, totally overwhelmed by it all," Ms Matthews wrote.

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