Shark victim feeling the love in recovery
THIS is the picture that shows shark attack victim Mat Lee is making a miraculous recovery after his legs were mauled by a 4m great white off Ballina.
The 32- year- old, who was in a critical condition in hospital last Monday, rallied late last week after suffering serious leg injuries.
The Ballina bodyboarder has been supported by partner Suzy, who works at a cafe not far from Lighthouse Beach where Mr Lee was attacked on July 2.
The pair posed in a photo taken in Mr Lee’s hospital bed on Sunday with a caption “hospital snuggles”.
Mr Lee’s closest friends, including two mates who helped drag him from the water and stemmed the bleeding, have supported Suzy and his family since the attack near the north wall at East Ball- ina. The group watched the State of Origin decider together last week.
“Mat is awake and he’s in good spirits. He has been receiving excellent care at Gold Coast University Hospital,” friends said on a Facebook support page. “He wanted to let everyone know how grateful he is for the many well wishes and the love sent to him. The road to recovery is going to be a long one and he has asked for all to keep sending love and positive thoughts.”
Paramedics, with the help of Mr Lee’s mates, helped stabilise the popular bodyboarder at the scene for more than an hour before he was taken to hospital on the Westpac Life Saver Rescue chopper. Two units of emergency blood were administered on board the helicopter.
The NSW far north coast has had more than 50 shark incidents since last September.
GOOD VIBES: Mat Lee and partner Suzy in hospital, and ( inset) Mat’s dog Penny.