A keen runner almost had to have his leg amputated after he and his wife were attacked by a gang in Portugal.

Stuart Wood, 40, and his partner Stephanie, 39, had been out for the evening when they got talking to another holiday goer and made plans to meet the next day.

Stephanie then decided to walk back to the couple’s apartment, but was attacked by a gang of five men, who dragged her into the underground of a car park.

The men then set upon her husband as he searched for his wife, beating him so severely he shattered his leg and collar bone.

Stuart, from Southport, was only saved by the arrival of an ambulance, which caused the gang to stop their frenzied attack.

He told the Echo: ‘One of them did like a flying kick through my knee which basically pushed the bone up through the cartilage. My collar bone was broken as well.

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‘I was really lucky that police arrived as one of the gang was ready to use my head as a football.’

Stuart had no idea where his wife was and was rushed to hospital without her, not knowing she had been set upon by the same men.

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Fortunately she was left uninjured in the attack and was able to join him once she learned what had happened.

Stuart was kept in hospital for a month, with doctors telling him there was ‘every chance’ he wouldn’t be able to keep his leg.

But after six hours of surgery and more than 60 stitches, they were able to save his limb by inserting a metal plate into his body.

No one has been arrested or charged for the attack, which took place in January.

Stuart is now taking part in the Liverpool Rock and Roll marathon, which takes place this weekend, having signed up for it before the attack.

He decided to try and complete the event in any capacity he could, while also raising money for Victim Support.

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‘Before the attack I was quite mentally and physically strong,’ he said.

‘I am not so much physically now, but I am still a strong person and I just want to be able to help other victims be the same and get the help they need.’

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You can support Stuart’s fundraising here.