Girl, 12, loses her leg after being bitten by a shark on holiday


A little girl who was attacked by a shark in the Whitsundays last month has had her leg amputated.

Melbourne’s Hannah Papps, 12, was holidaying with her father and sister when she received a life-threatening wound to her right leg while swimming in shallow water in Cid Harbour on September 20. 

She and Tasmanian woman Justine Barwick were both bitten in the same area within the space of 24 hours.

Hannah Papps, 12, has lost her leg after being the victim of a tiger shark attack in Cid Harbour in the Whitsundays in September. Source: Instagram/ Ellie Cole

Hannah was visited by Paralympian swimmer Ellie Cole on Saturday. 

Cole shared a picture of the pair in a Brisbane hospital with the Paralympian revealing Hannah has had her leg amputated. 

“Twelve-year-old Hannah lost her leg to a shark attack only three weeks ago whilst 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.”

Paramedics help Hannah after she was attacked. Source: AAP

Cole also has one leg after having hers amputated as a toddler due to a cancer diagnosis.

Last week, Ms Barwick left hospital in Queensland to return to family and friends in Tasmania.

“I just want to go home,” Ms Barwick said.  

“It’s the first time I’ve been outside.”