Felixstowe woman Allison Heathcote in a stable condition after Tunisian terror attack
PUBLISHED: 17:32 16 July 2015
A Felixstowe woman who survived the Tunisia beach attack in which her husband was killed is making good progress in hospital.
Allison Heathcote had been celebrating her 30th wedding anniversary when she was caught up in the massacre which killed 30 Britons in the popular tourist resort of Sousse last month.
The 48-year-old was airlifted back to the UK after being shot five times in the attack, and later transferred to Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
A hospital spokesman said: “Allison Heathcote has undergone further surgery at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.
“She is making good progress and is slowly coming out of her induced coma.
“She is still critical but is currently in a stable and comfortable condition in the hospital’s Critical Care unit.”
Mrs Heathcote was shot in the stomach and shoulder.
Her 52-year-old husband Philip, described by family as her soulmate, was killed. The couple were celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary at the resort.
Mrs Heathcote was among four Britons seriously injured in the attack who were flown back to the UK by the RAF.
The couple were both well-known in Suffolk cricket clubs. Mr Heathcote joined Felixstowe Corinthians Cricket Club as a bowler in the early 1990s and left around 10 years ago to coach youngsters, continuing his involvement with the Two Counties Championship as a member of the umpiring panel.
Over the last 25 years, Mrs Heathcote was secretary of Felixstowe Cricket Club, Felixstowe Corinthians Cricket Club and Felixstowe and Corinthians Youth Cricket Club. She was also Two Counties secretary.
Meanwhile, the funerals of several people killed in the massacre including three members of the same family from Walsall are all taking place today.
Joel Richards, aged 19, his uncle 49-year-old Adrian Evans and his grandfather Charles Patrick Evans, aged 78, will be laid to rest following a service at Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church in West Bromwich.
The younger brother of Mr Richards, Owen Richards, was on holiday with the trio but survived the attack.
A private service will follow at Sandwell Valley crematorium before a wake at Walsall FC’s Banks’s stadium.
The funeral of Sue Davey, of Tamworth, Staffordshire, is also taking place at St Editha’s Church in her home town, while 24-year-old graduate Carly Lovett is being laid to rest in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire.
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