HAN­NAH THE BR AVE

AMAZ­ING COURAGE OF SHARK AT­TACK SCHOOL­GIRL

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - FRONT PAGE - JA­COB MI­LEY

A SCHOOL­GIRL mauled by a shark in the Whit­sun­day is­lands last month has had her left leg am­pu­tated.

Han­nah Papps, 12, is re­cu­per­at­ing in Queens­land Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal where she re­mains in a sta­ble con­di­tion af­ter un­der­go­ing sev­eral surg­eries since the Septem­ber 20 at­tack in Cid Har­bour off Whit­sun­day Is­land.

Han­nah was mauled by a shark as she swam in shal­low wa­ter, 24 hours af­ter Tas­ma­nian tourist Jus­tine Bar­wick was mauled in the same spot.

The Vic­to­rian’s re­cov­ery took a pos­i­tive turn yes­ter­day as she used a wheel­chair for the first time dur­ing a visit by Par­a­lympian El­lie Cole.

The cham­pion swim­mer pub­lished a pic­ture of her­self and Han­nah, wear­ing an Aus­tralian team shirt, with a big smile to her so­cial me­dia.

“Twelve-year-old Han­nah lost her leg to a shark at­tack only three weeks ago while hol­i­day­ing in the Whit­sun­days,” Cole wrote. “To­day she jumped in a wheel­chair for the first time and I couldn’t even keep up with her. She’s go­ing to be great.”

Cole, who is a six-time Par­a­lympic cham­pion, lost her right leg to a rare can­cer as a three-year-old.

Res­cuers mar­velled at Han­nah’s brav­ery as she smiled and gave them a thumbs-up as she was loaded into a he­li­copter af­ter be­ing sta­bilised on the is­land beach.

She was ac­com­pa­nied by her en­gi­neer father, David, as her mother, who was in New Zealand at the time, rushed back to the coun­try.

Mrs Bar­wick, 46, un­der­went an 18-hour surgery to save her right leg.

She flew home to Tas­ma­nia last week to con­tinue her treat­ment in Ho­bart.

Six large tiger sharks were caught and killed on baited drum­lines de­ployed at the is­land af­ter the at­tacks.

FIGHTER: Am­putee and Par­a­lympic cham­pion El­lie Cole with shark at­tack vic­tim Han­nah Papps, 12, yes­ter­day.

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