Robert Downey, Jr. wishes Crystal Coast shark bite victim a speedy recovery

GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) - The 'Iron Man' himself is throwing support to a teenage shark bite victim here in the east.

17-year-old Paige Winter is on a long road to recovery having lost her left leg and two fingers after being bitten by a shark and narrowly surviving earlier this month at Fort Macon State Park.

Winter, who is said to be in great spirits with a bubbly personality and ever-present sense of humor, had one request early on. That her favorite actor, Robert Downey Jr., follow her on Instagram. This morning, 'Iron Man' did just that and posted a video wishing her well while also calling her a hero.

"This is a heroic story of resilience, I've got to tell you and you are not alone. But not just because of folks who have had similar stuff happen. But also because of your interest in sustainability and preservation of our oceans and our marine life and all that stuff. I'm a fan, I've got to tell you," the actor said.

Downey has asked Winter to serve as his North Carolina ambassador for his new footprint coalition set to launch in 2020 as an effort to clean up the planet and battle climate change with technology.

She responded to his video on Instagram saying she is "up for the job.'"