Champ in awe of shark attack girl’s bravery
THE brave schoolgirl mauled by a shark in the Whitsundays might have lost her leg but she has won a high-profile fan.
Hannah Papps, from Victoria, is still recovering in Queensland Children’s Hospital after undergoing a series of surgeries since the attack last month.
But the world had its first glimpse of her recovery yesterday thanks to Paralympic swimming legend Ellie Cole.
Cole, who lost her right leg to cancer when she was just three, posted this heartwarming shot of herself with Hannah. From the picture, it also looks like she presented Hannah with one of her Paralympic shirts.
The 12-year-old was mauled by a shark as she swam in shallow water at Cid Harbour on September 20 — the second victim in just 24 hours at the popular tourist destination.
Hannah’s recovery took another step forward yesterday as she used a wheelchair for the first time with Cole. The champion swimmer posted the picture of Hannah to social media along with the first information about her injuries and her recovery.
“12-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.”
Ellie Cole posted thisshotot of herself and plucky y Hannah Pappson Instagram yesterday. Hannah gave rescuers the thumbs-up ( above right) as she was flownto hospital.