Bite victim recovers from attack
SUSPECTED shark attack victim Mia Merlini is on the mend after her terrifying ordeal.
Seven-year-old Mia was swimming in Cudgen Creek at Kingscliff on January 20 when a creature began to bite and tear at her legs.
She was pulled from the water and taken to a doctor’s surgery before being taken to the Tweed Hospital.
Mia received 13 stiches in her left leg and six in her right leg.
Mia’s mother Susan Germann said her daughter had recovered well after the attack.
“She is feeling much better now,” Ms Germann said.
“Her legs have healed very well.”
“She was back at school this week. She is fine.”
Thankfully Mia has not suffered any permanent injury as a result of the ordeal.
After her daughter’s attack Ms Germann issued a warning to Tweed parents.
“I want to warn other parents and other kids to be careful so this does not happen again,” Ms Germann said.
It is still unknown what sort of sea creature attacked Mia while she waded in the water with two friends.
At the time of the attack a spokesman from Industry and Investment New South Wales said the creature had not been identified.
“Based on initial information we have received, this is most likely a fish, not a shark,” the spokesman said.
DID YOU KNOW?
Swimming around fish may increase the risk of encountering a shark