Shark vic­tim feel­ing the love in re­cov­ery

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - GE­OFF CHAM­BERS

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.

Pic­tures: FACE­BOOK

GOOD VIBES: Mat Lee and part­ner Suzy in hos­pi­tal, and ( inset) Mat’s dog Penny.

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