Felixstowe’s Allison Heathcote is put in induced coma after being shot five times during Tunisian attack

Allison and Philip Heathcote

Allison and Philip Heathcote - Credit: Gregg Brown

A Suffolk woman caught up in Friday’s massacre in Tunisia has been placed in an induced coma following surgery for five gunshot wounds, according to her eldest brother.

Allison Heathcote, who was shot in the attack at Sousse, Tunisia.

Allison Heathcote, who was shot in the attack at Sousse, Tunisia. - Credit: Archant

Simon Boon said Allison Heathcote, of Felixstowe, had been shot three times in the abdomen and had narrowly escaped injury to vital organs.

He said she had also been shot twice in the shoulder and had undergone surgery for the wounds before being put in an induced coma.

Dr Moez Luzi, an anaesthetist at the Essalem Clinic, said Mrs Heathcote had received many gunshots to her abdomen and had “lost so much blood”.

The family are still awaiting news on Mrs Heathcote’s husband, Philip, who was also involved in the attack at the Sousse beach resort.

Simon Noon's sister Allison Heathcote has been caught up in the Tunisia terrorist attack.

Simon Noon's sister Allison Heathcote has been caught up in the Tunisia terrorist attack. - Credit: Gregg Brown

Last night their son James, 24, and his uncle Jonty Boon, 37, Mrs Heathcote’s youngest brother, flew out to Tunisia.


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Mr Boon, 46, of Otley, said there was still no information on Mr Heathcote and that to make any comment would be an assumption, but he said they are “not expecting good news”.

He added: “My brother was quite shook-up when I spoke to him at 1.30am this morning. Seeing her on a ventilator must have been quite horrendous.

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“Before they left, they had been told that her [Allison’s] kidney had been removed – but they got there and found out it was the person in a bed next to her.

Allison and Philip Heathcote

Allison and Philip Heathcote - Credit: Gregg Brown

“She had been shot five times – three to the abdomen, which missed her vital organs, and twice in the shoulder.

“It has been a distressing time. If I were to make any comment about Philip it would be an assumption but we are not expecting good news. It’s very sombre out there.”

It has been confirmed that Allison’s husband, Philip, is among the British fatalities. Update here.

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