An Alton Towers victim who had her leg amputated has revealed that she received a multi-million pound pay-out that she plans to spend on her dream wedding.
Vicky Balch, 24, who lost her right leg when the Smiler crashed, received the money four-and-a-half years after ‘stressful and depressing’ legal battles with the theme park.
The beautician, from Preston, Lancashire, plans to use part of the money to fund her nuptials in Italy with fiance Dino Manciocchi, 25, who laid rose petals and heart shaped balloons on the bed in a hotel room before proposing last year.
She was one of 16 injured when the rollercoaster hit an empty carriage on the tracks in June 2015. Alton Towers, Staffordshire, which is owned by Merlin Entertainments, has been fined £5million.
Vicky Balch, 24, who lost her right legs when the Smiler crashed in 2015, has revealed that she has received a multi-million pound pay-out and plans to use the money to fund her dream wedding to boyfriend Dino Manciocchi, pictured together
The bride-to-be, from Preston, Lancashire, was pictured in June shopping for a wedding dress in Manchester with mother Karen, future sister-in-law Christina-Rose and future family member Karen.
The crash in 2015, when the ride hit a stationary car at the Staffordshire themepark, injured 16 people
The bride-to-be told The Mirror that getting the pay-out was a relief but made her realise the severity of what had happened.
‘I had to face that this was going to be something I was going to have to live with for the rest of my life. What normal 24-year-old has to think about any of that?’, she said.
‘I don’t think I’m ever going to get real closure. I need to go to the same physio my entire life, the same appointments my entire life. But at least now I can live my life.
Vicky also told how she was thrilled to be engaged, has already got her wedding dress and is planning a fairytale nuptials with close friends and family.
‘I couldn’t believe he was asking. I cried for five minutes. I didn’t click what it was until I saw the ring,’ she said.
The beautician went to Fairytale Brides in Whitefield, Manchester to pick out her dream dress
Vicky was pictured in Manchester with her new £60,000 prosthetic during a dress shopping trip with her mother and future family members
The compensation money is earmarked primarily for physio, treatments and prosthetic limbs for the rest of her life.
After Dino, who runs pizza oven company Valorioni, proposed in December last year, the bride was seen shopping for a wedding dress in June.
Vicky was pictured with her new £60,000 prosthetic leg which she said will allow her to wear heels and paint her toenails again, as she entered Fairytale Brides in Whitefield, Manchester.
She was joined by her mother Karen, and future sister-in-law Christina-Rose and future family member Karen.
The beautician got engaged in December during a romantic retreat at Mottram Hall Hotel in Cheshire.
Vicky shopped for a dress at Fairytale Brides in Whitefield, Manchester, in June last year
Leah Washington, from Barnsley, South Yorkshire, also had her leg amputated as a result of the crash on the smiler.
A spokesman for Merlin Entertainments said: ‘We are pleased to have reached a settlement with Vicky and we wish her the very best for her wedding.
‘From the outset we have engaged fully at all times to resolve all the claims as quickly as possible.
‘However due to the complex nature of Vicky’s case, it was not possible to reach a settlement until now. In the meantime, interim payments and other support have been provided to aid Vicky’s rehabilitation.’
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