A British backpacker whose foot was eaten by a shark in the Great Barrier Reef may have amputated his leg to prevent further infection.
Alistair Raddon (28) and his friend Danny Maggs (22) were torn apart during a snorkeling trip on the Whitsunday Islands last Tuesday.
Mr. Maggs' right calf was mutilated and Mr. Raddon's foot was bitten off before the screaming pair was pulled out of bloody water and rushed to the shore.
Helping hand: Gail Bonavota, a Canadian backpacker who knew the victims, has set up a fundraising page to help the young men recover
Alistair Raddon (right), 28, and his friend Danny Maggs, 22 (left) were destroyed during a snorkeling trip on the Whitsunday Islands last Tuesday
The young traders who met during their journey through Australia are now recovering at Mackay Base Hospital – but their lives will never be the same.
Their friend Gail Bonavota, a Canadian backpacker who met them in Melbourne, has one GoFundMe page to raise $ 250,000 (£ 133,000) for future operations, including Mr Raddon's leg amputated to prevent infection.
& # 39; Danny and Alistair are injured in life-changing wounds and their worlds are turned upside down & # 39 ;, she wrote on the page.
& # 39; The attack left Danny with severe tear wounds and nerve damage to his right lower leg, and Ali & # 39; s right foot was taken, with the possible need for further amputation. & # 39;
Mrs. Bonavota explained that the emergency treatment of the couple was covered by the universal insurance system of Australia, Medicare, but future operations can cost.
& # 39; Critical procedures required in the near future are unfortunately not funded by national or international travel insurance & # 39 ;, she wrote.
Mrs. Bonavota uploaded a photo (above) of her and Mr. Maggs traveling in a van around the Northern Territory with the caption: & # 39; 31 days and 7000 km + in our small home. & # 39;
Maggs (right) swam alongside friend Alistair Raddon (left, a day before the attack) near the Whitsunday Islands when the attack took place
Danny Maggs, 22, from Plymouth, is smiling and gives a & # 39; hang loose & # 39; hand gesture to the camera while being loaded into a helicopter after being bitten by a shark
& # 39; We have set up this gofundme page to hopefully help with the financial burden of multiple operations, physical and psychological therapy, prostheses, recovery and missed days of work. & # 39;
From Thursday 2:00 pm (3:00 am GMT), $ 8,000 was raised with a goal of $ 250,000.
Mrs. Bonavota wrote on Instagram that they were both victims & # 39; personal & # 39; knew.
She uploaded a photo of her and Mr Maggs traveling in a van around the Northern Territory with the caption: & # 39; 31 days and 7000 km + in our small house. & # 39;
Both men took part in a snorkeling trip when the attack took place, with doctors saying they were playing and hit the water at that time.
Grant Bollington, who was part of the helicopter crew that flew the couple to the hospital, told the Queensland Times: & (39) (Alistair) said they were struggling in the water.
& # 39; He thought his partner grabbed his leg very hard and turned around and saw blood in the water. & # 39;
The men returned to their tour boat, where their lives were probably saved by fast-thinking tourists who happened to be medicine.
Raddon (photo) may have to amputate his leg after the horrific attack
The Whitsundays region has seen several shark attacks in the last 12 months, including a fatal attack on Daniel Christidis, physician in Melbourne
The Swedish paramedics applied tourniquets to both victims, stopping the bleeding.
The two were then rushed back to Abel Point Marina on Airlie Beach, where their tour had departed, where they were met by ambulance personnel.
From there they were driven to the town of Proserpine, about 16 km away, where they were met by a medical helicopter and air train to Mackay Base Hospital.
A spokesperson for the Queensland ambulance service said the pair & # 39; in a good mood & # 39; and discussed the rugby cup during the trip, but added: & # 39; the impact of the attack has not been lost on them & # 39 ;.
Recent shark attacks on the Whitsundays
September 19, 2018: Justine Barwick, 46, miraculously survived a horrible shark bite while swimming a charter yacht in Cid Harbor in the Whitsundays.
A passing yacht found the Tasmanian woman with life-threatening bites on her right thigh and helped her out of the water.
Justine Barwick, 46, survived a horrific shark bite while swimming on a charter yacht in Cid Harbor in the Whitsundays in September last year
September 20, 2018: Hannah Papps, 12, from Melbourne, lost her leg after being bitten by a shark near Cid Harbor on the Whitsundays.
The young girl's thigh had a large piece of meat torn off by the shark at the popular tourist spot Cid Harbor.
Hannah was transported from the beach to Mackay Base Hospital by the CQ CareFlight paramedical staff.
Hannah Papps, 12, lost her leg after being bitten by a shark near Cid Harbor on the Whitsundays, just one day after Mrs. Barwick in the same area (pictured with Paralympic swimmer Ellie Cole)
November 7, 2018: Daniel Christidis, 33, was beaten to death by a shark in Cid Harbor on Whitsunday Island.
The emerging doctor was to participate in a five-day sailing vacation around the Whitsunday Islands when it was attacked at 5.30 p.m.
During the attack, the 33-year-old was bitten in the left thigh, right calf and left wrist, the last of which was reportedly wounded during the defense of the predator.
At that time there were more than a dozen yachts in the harbor and some tourists managed to save Mr. Christidis with their dinghy.
They brought him back to his own yacht, where most of the group had medical backgrounds, including two doctors, but they couldn't help him.
Daniel Christidis, 33, was beaten to death by a shark in Cid Harbor on Whitsunday Island
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