An Alton Towers Smiler victim who lost her leg in the theme park crash says her new pink £60,000 prosthetic leg will allow her to wear heels again.
Vicky Balch, from Leyland in Lancashire, was forced to amputate her right leg following the horrific rollercoaster smash in June 2015.
The 23-year-old has previously told of her struggles with body confidence in the years since the accident.
But now, despite continuing pain and trauma from the ordeal, Miss Balch is ecstatic about her new £60,000 prosthetic limb which means she can wear heels again, and can even paint her toenails.
Vicky Balch, from Leyland in Lancashire, has a new prosthetic leg adorned with flowers, making her feel like a ‘sexy, feminine woman again’
She told the Sunday Mirror: ‘This is the final puzzle piece for me. It’s amazing to feel like a sexy, feminine woman again.
‘It’s massively improved my confidence and lifted my spirits.
‘This leg has made me feel like myself again.
‘I can even paint the toenails. I’ve already bought five new pairs of shoes.
‘I can finally ask my friends to give me back the ones I gave away after my accident.’
The innovative new leg, which is adorned with flowers and has a pink sparkly cover, has a rotating heel, allowing Miss Balch to wear higher angled shoes.
The incident occurred in June 2015 after the Smiler ride crashed into an empty carriage with the force of a ’90mph car crash’.
At least 16 were injured and five people were seriously hurt.
Miss Balch, 23, pictured with her old prosthetic leg. In another piece of good news she is moving in with boyfriend Dino Manchiocchi
Leah Washington from Barnsley, South Yorkshire, and Miss Balch were both forced to undergo leg amputations as a result of the horror crash.
The two women are suing the owners of the park for millions of pounds.
Miss Balch’s lawyers claim the injuries she sustained were due to the ‘negligence and or breach of statutory duty’ of Merlin Attractions Operations Ltd.
The claim to the High Court in September this year accuses the firm of ‘failing to take any or any adequate care to ensure the reasonable safety of the Claimant whilst on the Smiler.’
It is understood that the filing of a claim is a purely procedural step taken by the claimants to protect their position, but it has been estimated by legal experts that they could be entitled to around £2 million.
Merlin has already been hit with a £5million fine after judge Michael Chambers called the theme park a ‘shambles’.
In another piece of positive news for the 23-year-old she has moved in with boyfriend Dino Manchiocchi.
She added: ‘Dino is my best friend Christina’s brother. She reintroduced us at my 21st birthday party and it all started from there.
‘It’s going really well, I’m really happy.
‘But it must be hard for him when I have my bad days. He handles it so well.’
The 23-year-old said finding the courage to dress up again was daunting but she was looking forward to the New Year and feeling more like herself.
What happened during the Alton Towers Smiler crash?
On June 2, 2015, visitors were removed from the Alton Towers Smiler ride after a warning light indicated a fault.
Staff sent a test train around the track, but it didn’t make it around. Due to a breakdown in communication, staff did not realise this carrigage was still sitting on the track.
Passengers were let back on but as the first carriage made its way around, the computer system stopped it because it showed something was blocking the track.
Engineers were still not aware that there was a fifth carriage sitting on the track and overrode a fault which had been detected by the computer system, sending the ride crashing into an empty carriage with the force of a ’90mph car crash’.
At least 16 were injured and five people were seriously hurt.
Leah Washington from Barnsley, South Yorkshire, and Vicky Balch from Leyland, Lancashire, were both forced to undergo leg amputations as a result of the horror crash.
The Smiler at Alton Park, where 16 people were injured in a 2015 collision (file picture). An investigation found that a computer block stopping the ride because of a stationary car on the track had been over-ridden by staff, causing the crash
Joe Pugh, also from Barnsley, and Daniel Thorpe, 28, from Buxton, Derbyshire, also suffered serious leg injuries, along with 49-year-old Chandaben Chauhan.
The trapped ride-goers had to wait more than four hours to be freed from the crumpled carriage while rescue workers battled to reach them as they sat 25ft up in the air at an angle of about 45 degrees, pinned in by the mangled metal.
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