After the shootout on Bourbon Street over the weekend, a 21-year-old tourist from Perth talks about what happened and how she survived being shot in the face.

Amy Matthews was on a DREAM vacation to New Orleans when she got caught in the middle of a gun fight on Bourbon Street.

She says she is lucky to be alive after suffering injuries to her face when a bullet entered the back of her jaw, then split her tongue in half before exiting through the front of her mouth, which shattered her front teeth.

Amy says according to Daily Mail that:

"I'm definitely counting my lucky stars for sure. I mean the surgeons came in and said it's not every day we get to see someone sitting up and talking to us just after they have been shot in the face."

Amy and a friend were celebrating their graduation from the University of WA when they were caught in the crossfire between two gunmen at around 2:45 am.

She was taken to LSU Hospital where it took 30 stitches to sew her tongue back together, and she now has a metal support fixed to the roof of her mouth. She is expected to have multiple surgeries to fix all the damage caused in the shooting.

The New Orleans Police Dept. is still searching for the men that exchange gunfire in the middle of a crowed on Bourbon Street.

[Daily Mail]