Matthew James from Pontypridd, South Wales, was shot three times as he used his body to protect his fiance Sarah Wilson.
Matthew was hit in his shoulder, chest and hip on the sunbeds at Sousse beach, but thankfully is now recovering in hospital after suffering a heart attack and a shattered pelvis.
“He took a bullet for me. I owe him my life because he threw himself in front of me when the shooting started,” she said.
“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.
Sarah went on to say:
“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.”
The engaged couple were among the first holidaymakers to speak of their horror after gunmen attacked a beach resort in Tunisia yesterday around lunchtime Irish time.