An image posted to Facebook by Suzy Garada showing her with her partner Mathew Lee, who is in hospital after being bitten by a shark at Ballina.
An image posted to Facebook by Suzy Garada showing her with her partner Mathew Lee, who is in hospital after being bitten by a shark at Ballina.

Huge support for shark bite victim

SUZY Gerada, the partner of 32-year-old shark attack victim Mathew Lee, has been inundated with well wishes after she posted a photo of herself and Mathew on Facebook.

Ms Gerada posted the photo last night, and more than 260 people 'liked it'.

"Thinking of you both. Lots of love," Jacqui Sutton wrote.

Bernadette Grace commented: "Stay strong Suzy and we will keep praying for a full recovery. Thinking of you both."

Chloe Emily wrote that she loved the photo of the happy couple: "He will be so happy to see his beautiful girlfriend by his side when he gets better."

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Many other friends said they were keeping Ms Gerada and Mr Lee in their thoughts and prayers.

Yolanda Campbell wrote: "Lots of love and wishes for you both. Thinking of you two! Hope he gets better soon!"

Jasmin Ann Coutts said: "Suzy you're such an amazing support and we are all here for you both. Sending healing thoughts xx love u."

Ms Gerada, who works at a Ballina cafe, is understood to be at the Gold Coast University Hospital where Mr Lee was admitted following yesterday's horrific shark attack at North Wall at Ballina.

There are reports of a second incident involving a shark at Lennox Head this morning. http://ow.ly/P7gxC

Posted by The Northern Star on Thursday, July 2, 2015

The cafe shut its doors yesterday, posting a note on its door saying: "In respect to our friends we are closed for today."

On The Northern Star's Facebook page, readers posted their comments on the attack.

"Be strong, bloke," wrote Troy Sam Robert Mills.

"Not good," commented Maree Gillis.

Sharnie Connell said: "It would be the perfect spot to trial non lethal mitigation alternatives such as a clever buoy, eco shark barrier or shark spotters."