A 75-year-old missionary midwife, awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours List for her work overseas, has been shot while working in the Congo.
Maud Kells, from County Tyrone in Northern Ireland, was shot twice in the shoulder during an armed robbery at her home in Mulita.
Ms Kells spends half her time in the country working in medical centres for Christian aid organisation WEC International, and half in her home town in Cookstown.
A spokesman for WEC International said she was now in a stable condition, and said the bullets had not broken any bones nor hit any major muscles.
The robbery came just days after she was named in the Queen's New Year Honours list.