On Thursday, 12th February 2009 around 7:50pm, 34 year old Glenn Orgias was attacked by a Great White Shark whilst surfing at Bondi Beach.
He was paddling back to the line up when he was bitten on his left arm. As he pulled his arm back onto his board – blood poured out into the ocean. Glenn got ashore as soon as he could losing copious amounts of blood…luckily many fellow surfers helped him, including a Doctor that applied tourniquets, buying valuable time to get Glenn to hospital – saving his life. Unfortunately Glenn lost his left hand after many operations.
Well today, 4 months down the track…a courageous Glenn Orgias paddled out at Bondi with James Macintosh (who was one of surfers who helped Glenn on the night of his attack). Glenn is having to use a much longer board now until he regains strength and confidence – but he’s still getting his fair share of waves.
“Paddling one handed isn’t easy – especially duck diving can be difficult but I am getting a board made with a special grip that can assist me”
“Balance is also a problem…I keep falling to the left for some reason” said Glenn.
It’s only his third surf since the attack and he’s pretty determined to follow the steps of other shark attack victims such a Bethany Hamilton, who is back in the water, shredding, despite her encounter with a shark.
When in hospital Glenn used the equivalent of 150 donations of blood – now that’s a lot. He wouldn’t be here today if not for the generosity of blood donors.
Glenn’s running in the City to Surf Fun Run – and he’s running on community blood. He wants to support the Australia Red Cross Blood service who need your blood donations – his goal is to raise 5,000 blood donations (not money). If you’d like to pledge blood, please go to runningonblood.com and support this worthy cause. You never know, one day you may need blood as 1 in 3 people do in Australia.
Oh, and the waves are pretty darn good today (clean 3-4ft). ENE swell so hit someone facing that way i.e. Not Bondi. Later::uge