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Shark attack victim to make full recovery

Matthew Smithers sustained multiple lacerations to his legs after he was attacked by a shark while surfing.

FILE: Matthew Smithers sustained multiple lacerations to his legs after he was attacked by a shark while surfing earlier this month. Picture: Zain Johnson.

CAPE TOWN - A surfer who was bitten by a great white shark at Muizenberg beach has been discharged from hospital.

Matthew Smithers was treated by doctors and nurses for more than a week at Vincent Pallotti Hospital in Pinelands.

The 20-year-old sustained multiple lacerations to his lower limbs after he was attacked by a shark while surfing earlier this month.

Doctor Bradley David says Smithers is on the road to making a full recovery.

"From a medical point of view, he is exceptionally lucky that he sustained such minor injuries considering what it could have been. He could have lost his legs. From a psychological point of view, he will have some elements of post-traumatic stress issues."

The incident took place when the shark siren was in the process of being activated.

Shark Spotters and law enforcement officers then closed Muizenberg Beach.

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