I think we all need a little spirit-lifting good news. So here’s a positive update to our story yesterday about Matthew James, the brave British man who risked it all to shield his fiancee when ISIS terrorists attacked a beach resort in Tunisia. He Has returned home to the United Kingdom thanks to a military aircraft and posted a thumbs up from his hospital bed with his fiancee. Via the BBC:
It is understood Mr James was brought home to Cardiff airport on Saturday night in a military aircraft. He is being treated at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.
His family has confirmed he has returned home and is in a “stable” condition in hospital in Cardiff.
Ms Wilson posted an image of him giving a thumbs-up from his hospital bed.
In a message posted beside the picture on a Facebook fundraising page, she 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 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 typing for him. Much love to you all.”
Paul did a fantastic job yesterday explaining Matthew’s heroism during the ISIS attack on a Tunisa beach that took 37 British tourist lives:
ISIS radicals stormed the Marhaba Imperial Hotel and opened fired on tourists sunbathing on the beach. As the screams of innocent people and the claps of bullets launched from Kalashnikovs, Matthew acted as a human shield for his fiancee where they were enjoying a relaxing sunbathing session only minutes before. At the darkest moment when Matthew thought these were his final seconds, so he told his fiancee Sarah Wilson, “I love you babe. But just go – tell our children that their daddy loves them.”
Sarah managed to escape, but Matthew was shot three times, once in the hip, once in the pelvis and once in the chest. She said he was hit by a bullet and blood started pouring out from him. “You just can’t explain how terrible it was. It was chaos with screaming and gunshots.”
Sarah fled back to the hotel, and hid from the terrorists. Sarah described the gruesome carnage, “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.” When she arrived at the hotel she immediately took cover, “I hid in a towel cupboard to make sure I was safe. It was dark and I could hear people walking around – it was terrifying.
Once the slaughter was over, Sarah feared her true love and the father of their two children Tegan, 6, and Kaden, 14 months, was murdered in cold blood. She frantically searched for Matthew for two hours, even peeking under sheets at the dead bodies gathered at a makeshift morgue.
Finally she received a call from Matthew, who was at a local hospital where he was receiving a life-saving operation. His pelvis was shattered and he also had a heart attack.
Meanwhile, a fund has been established on GoFund me for Matthew. It’s raised £12,305 in two days.