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Alton Towers crash victim released from hospital

18-year-old Joe Pugh has been discharged from the Royal Stoke University Hospital after being seriously injured in the crash on the Smiler roller coaster.

Joe Pugh suffered two shattered knees in the crash at Alton Towers earlier this month. Credit: ITV News Central

Both of Joe's knees were shattered in the crash as the carriage he was sat in crashed with a test vehicle.

He also suffered injuries to his hand.

Joe's girlfriend Leah Washington (17), who was being treated at the same hospital, needed to have a left leg amputated above the knee after as her crash injuries were so severe.

Alton Towers has already offered temporary relief payments to those injured in the crash. Credit: ITV News Central


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Alton Towers releases interim payments to rollercoaster crash victims

Alton Towers has released interim payments to assist with the rehabilitation of a Barnsley couple who were left seriously injured after a rollercoaster crashed. The Smiler ride has been closed since the incident which saw Leah Washington have to have her leg amputated, with her boyfriend Joe Pugh also suffering serious injuries.

Stafford Hospital campaigner's fight to protect nurses

Ms Bailey founded the campaign group Cure The NHS after the death of her mother at Stafford Hospital. Credit: PA

One of the key figures in the fight for an inquiry into Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust is in Westminster today.

Julie Bailey is demanding the Health Secretary reverses a decision to stop research into safe nursing levels.

The campaigner will personally hand a letter to Jeremy Hunt asking him to continue the study.

Ms Bailey founded the campaign group Cure The NHS after being appalled by the care she witnessed her mother receive at the hospital.


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Rollercoaster crash victim 'just wanted to die'

A victim of the Alton Towers rollercoaster crash who faces having her leg amputated said she "just wanted to die" as she waited hours to be rescued from the ride.

Vicky Balch, 20, from Lancashire, is among five people who were seriously injured when the Smiler ride collided with an empty carriage on June 2.

Her lawyer Paul Paxton said she is "battling" to save her leg following the crash, which led to fellow victim Leah Washington, 17, having her leg amputated above the knee.

Miss Balch was sitting in the front seats alongside Miss Washington, Miss Washington's boyfriend Joe Pugh, 18, who shattered his knee, and Daniel Thorpe, 27, a hotel assistant-manager from Buxton in Derbyshire who was treated for a collapsed lung and fractured leg.

Chandaben Chauhan, 49, of Wednesbury, West Midlands, also suffered injuries.

Speaking for the first time about the crash and the four-and-a-half-hour wait for rescue Miss Balch told reporters:-

It felt like slow motion. We banged into the car in front. I felt the bars go into my knees; we moved backwards and the car went into us again.

"I passed out. I was awoken by Dan shouting my name. Everyone was screaming and I was in excruciating pain. I looked down and I could see blood all over.

"The bars were in my right knee.

"The only thought that was going through my mind for the hours and hours that we were stuck was that we were going to die. If I was going to survive I would never walk again, that was certain.

"I thought it was never going to end. I just wanted to die."

– Vicky Balch

Alton Towers has said it is in contact with the victims of the crash and their families.

We have made contact with all the families and have assured them that we will provide full support to all of those involved, now and throughout their recovery and rehabilitation."

– Alton Towers spokesman

Alton Towers victim discharged from hospital

Daniel Thorpe experienced injuries to his lower legs which he suffered following the incident at Alton Towers Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Coventry Hospital have confirmed that Alton Towers victim, Daniel Thorpe, has now been discharged.

Daniel said: “I would like to thank everyone for their support which has been a great comfort to me at this time.

“In particular the emergency services, doctors, nurses and the rest of the team who have been looking after me and my family during this time have been fantastic."

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