Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter paramedics tend to the victim of a shark attack at Lighthouse Beach, Ballina this morning.
Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter paramedics tend to the victim of a shark attack at Lighthouse Beach, Ballina this morning. Cathy Adams

Praise for Westpac Helicopter that rescued shark bite victim

THE Northern Star's readers on Facebook have shared their appreciation for a new procedure of the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter which may have played a role in saving the life of Mathew Lee.

The helicopter only began carrying an emergency blood supply onboard a week before Mr Lee was attacked a shark while body boarding at Ballina on Thursday.

Paramedics at the scene of the attack administered two units of this emergency blood supply in an attempt to stabilise Mr Lee.

"These guys are heroes! I see them out my window a lot and their precision yesterday landing at the surf club was amazing," Emily J Rooney said.

MORE: How helicopter's new procedure helped save Mathew's life

"That's so good to hear, we are so lucky to have this wonderful service!" Lee Haley said.

"Angels in the air. Well done to all involved. Hope the victim has a speedy recovery," Carolyn Fisher said.

A decision to start carrying stocks of blood on the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter may have saved Mathew Lee's life yesterday. http://ow.ly/P7qeD

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

"I am so grateful our region has this amazing service available. They do in incredible job," Donna Atlee said.

"This is so awesome; good on you to the Westpac crew for everything you all do in saving someone's life," Barbara Ryan said.

Many people urged locals to donate to the helicopter or to donate blood - actions that could help save the lives of others.

"We are so lucky to have the amazing Westpac Heli service in our region, saves so many lives! Please donate to any fundraisers these guys have, very worthy cause!" Kim Churchill said.

MORE: Shark victim's family thanks community for support

"I contributed to this helicopter for 28 years and in 2005 my late husband was lifted to John Flynn with heart attack," Jacquie Stibbard wrote.

"People out there please give to the helicopter you just don't know when you may need it."

Anne Shaw commented: "We should all support this great service when possible. Speedy recovery Matt."

"So easy to donate. You will never know when it might be needed for your family or friends," Helen Barnett Maher said.

"Donate blood it's free!" Karlen Holloway said.



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