Amputee Alton Towers says fear of her newborn was ‘more traumatic’ than losing her leg

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Vicky Balch, the Alton Towers amputee, recalls how fearing her newborn son was more traumatic than losing her leg in a horrific accident during the theme park’s Smiler ride.

The 25-year-old esthetician from Preston, Lancashire, who was one of 16 injured when the Smiler ride hit an empty carriage in June 2015 and feared she might never have children, marked the birthday with a poignant Instagram post.

She shared a photo of fiancé Dino Manciocchi, 26, and their first child, whom they welcomed in March, writing: “6 years ago today I thought I had experienced the most traumatic day of my life.

But nothing compares to rushing in for an emergency C-section and not hearing your baby cry, being told he wasn’t breathing properly and we couldn’t get skin to skin because they had to give him oxygen and chase him away.

“It was the longest and worrying time of my life, made even longer by having to visit him in the NICU for two days. 2 days doesn’t sound like a long time, but it felt like an eternity. I just wanted my son with me.’

Alton Towers amputee Vicky Balch, 25, of Preston, recalls fearing her newborn son was more ‘traumatic’ than losing her leg in a horrific accident during the theme park’s Smiler ride

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The esthetician took to Instagram in March to announce that she and fiancé Dino Manciocchi, 26, (pictured together) had welcomed their first child.

Vicky was one of 16 injured when the Smiler ride hit an empty carriage on the track in June 2015

Vicky was one of 16 injured when the Smiler ride hit an empty carriage on the track in June 2015

Vicky also praised her baby's father and was thrilled: 'We are forever grateful to the team at Preston Sharoe Green Hospital' (pictured)

Vicky also praised her baby’s father and was thrilled: ‘We are forever grateful to the team at Preston Sharoe Green Hospital’ (pictured)

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

Vicky also praised her baby’s father and was thrilled: “We are eternally grateful to the team at Preston Sharoe Green Hospital.”

In March, Vicky shared the happy news of her son’s birth social media in a post that read: ‘Finally ready to introduce the newest member of our family Venanzio Joseph Manciocchi, born 3/12/2021 after an emotional rollercoaster that ended in an emergency C-section and 3 nights in Neonatal the family is finally home and ready to enjoy many memories @dinomanciocchi.’

She shared a photo of herself cradling her newborn son while in a hospital bed, as well as another snapshot of partner Dino carrying the toddler as the family went home.

Alton Towers amputee Vicky Balch gave birth six years after she lost her leg in a horrific accident during the theme park's Smiler ride

Alton Towers amputee Vicky Balch gave birth six years after she lost her leg in a horrific accident during the theme park’s Smiler ride

Vicky said the newborn was successfully delivered via emergency cesarean section after an 'emotional roller coaster'

Vicky said the newborn was successfully delivered via emergency cesarean section after an ’emotional roller coaster’

She shared a photo of herself cradling her newborn son while sitting in a hospital bed, as well as another snapshot of partner Dino carrying the toddler as the family went home.

She shared a photo of herself cradling her newborn son while sitting in a hospital bed, as well as another snapshot of partner Dino carrying the toddler as the family went home.

Vicky and Dino got engaged in 2018 and would have been married last year in Tuscany, Italy, were it not for the pandemic.

She said they started trying for a baby after the wedding was postponed and… had thought it would take a while – but three months after coming off the pill, they got pregnant.

Vicky, who lost her right leg in the Alton Tower crash, said she was surprised when the test came back positive and she burst into tears.

She said The mirror at the time: ‘Dino and I are so happy that we are pregnant. It’s just the best news after everything that’s happened – I can’t quite believe we’re going to have a baby.

Vicky (pictured shopping for her wedding dress) and Dino got engaged in 2018 and would have been married last year in Tuscany, Italy, were it not for the pandemic

Vicky (pictured shopping for her wedding dress) and Dino got engaged in 2018 and would have been married last year in Tuscany, Italy, had it not been for the pandemic

“After the accident, I lay in my hospital bed, devastated that I had lost my leg and that life would never be the same.

“I couldn’t wear the nice shoes I had at home or go dancing with my college friends or feel like a woman again. I did say to my mother, “No one will want me like this.”

Even being in a relationship seemed impossible, let alone having a baby. Sometimes I was in so much pain that it was hard enough to get through the day, let alone think about my future and a family.”

Alton Towers, in Staffordshire, owned by Merlin Entertainments, was fined £5 million for the Smiler crash in 2015.

And Vicky revealed in November that she had received a multimillion-pound payout for her injuries.

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