Champ in awe of shark at­tack girl’s brav­ery

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS -

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.

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