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Alton Towers amputee says fear for her newborn was more ‘traumatic’ than losing her leg

A woman who lost a leg after a horrific theme park crash has spoken of her fresh trauma with her newborn in an emotional post to mark the anniversary of the fateful incident.

Vicky Balch lost her right leg when Alton Towers’ Smiler rollercoaster crashed into a stationary carriage on the track on June 2 2015.

The 25-year-old feared she would never have a baby after the crash and earlier this year revealed the happy news she had delivered little Venanzio via an emergency C-section.

The family then spent three nights in neonatal care before finally going home after the birth in March this year.

Alton Towers survivor Vicky Balch with boyfriend Dino Manciocchi
Alton Towers survivor Vicky Balch with boyfriend Dino Manciocchi

To mark the six-year anniversary since the horror crash Vicky posted a poignant post on Instagramrecalling the trauma of the incident and of her babies’ first few days of life.

She said: “6 years ago today I thought I had been through the most traumatic day of my life.

“But nothing compares to being rushed in for an emergency c-section and not hearing your baby cry, being told he wasn’t breathing very well and we couldn’t have skin to skin because they had to give him oxygen and rush him away.

“It was the longest and worrying time of my entire life, made even longer by having to visit him in NICU for 2 days.

“2 days doesn’t sound like a long time but it felt like an eternity. I just wanted my little boy with me.

“But now we have the healthiest and happiest little boy we could have ever wished for and I wouldn’t change that day 6 years ago or any other day. I truly believe everything happens for a reason.”

She also paid tribute to the baby’s dad and also added: “We’re forever grateful to the team at Preston Sharoe Green hospital.”

The hospital went on to reply to the post and said: “We’re extremely happy to hear that your story has a happy ending.”

Vicky and her partner, from Preston in Lancashire, got engaged in 2018 and were due to wed last year, but had to postpone their wedding in Italy due to the pandemic.

Vicky Balch with baby
She had feared she might never have a baby

She said they had started trying for a baby after the wedding was postponed. They had expected it to take some time but just a few months after it happened.

Vicky had been on the front row of four carriages which hurtled into a stranded test car. Another person lost a leg and two more of the 16 riders were seriously injured.

A judge described the incident as a “catastrophic failure” and Alton Towers was fined £5million.

Vicky received a multi-million pound pay-out after what she described as “stressful and depressing” negotiations.


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