Shark attack survivor smiling but questions still over rehab
BALLINA shark attack survivor Mathew Lee remains in a critical but stable condition in the intensive care unit at the Gold Coast University Hospital, a statement from his family and friends said.
On Sunday a photograph of a smiling Mr Lee and his partner Suzy Gerada was taken at hospital and posted on the Mathew Lee Official Support Page.
Since then, it has received almost 1500 likes and more than 100 well-wishes.
In the statement, Mr Lee's family and friends thanked the community for the "amazing love and support" given to the surfer and his family in the wake of the shark attack earlier this month.
"His family and friends want to say a big thank you to the community for the amazing love and support sent to Mat and his family during this tragic situation and want you to know it is very much appreciated by all involved," the statement said.
"The amount of people asking how they can help has been absolutely amazing.
"At this stage, both Mat's short term and long term rehabilitation requirements are unclear."
A bank account has been set up for anyone wishing to make a donation to support Mr Lee's recovery.
"Any donation will go a long way to help Mat's recovery and will be greatly appreciated," the statement said.
Mr Lee, 32, was attacked by a four-metre great white shark while body boarding off North Wall at Ballina on July 2. He lost a lot of blood and both his legs were badly mauled in the attack.
If you would like to make a financial contribution, please use these details:
Account name: Mathew Lee,
Account number: 772011498.