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Alton Towers victim has leg amputated after surgery

A student who suffered life-changing injuries in the Alton Towers rollercoaster crash has had her right leg amputated, her lawyers have said.

Victoria Balch. Credit: Facebook

This morning, my client, Vicky Balch, has had her right leg amputated below the knee. Vicky has had a long and incredibly painful fight to retain her leg. Regrettably, her bravery has not been rewarded.

The step was taken to remove the leg following seven bouts of surgery. Further surgery will be required in the immediate future, which may involve a more acute amputation.

– Paul Paxton, Stewarts Law

Ms Balch is the second of the crash victims to lose a limb; Leah Washington had to have her left leg amputated earlier this month.

Alton Towers make first payouts to Smiler crash victims

Joe Pugh and his girlfriend of two months Leah Washington. Credit: ITV News

Alton Towers has made its first payouts to the victims of the Smiler crash.

Leah Washington, 17, who had to have part of her leg amputated, could receive several million pounds in compensation.

Her boyfriend Joe Pugh, 18, shattered both kneecaps in the rollercoaster smash last month.

Dancer Victoria Balch, 20, has had extensive surgery for her "life-changing" leg injuries. While her boyfriend Daniel Thorpe suffered a fractured leg and punctured lung.

Lawyers representing the victims said the money would help with their "rehabilitation" as well as four others who were also injured.

Paul Paxton, Head of Personal Injury at law firm Stewart Law, said: "The families are satisfied that no expense is being spared in the investigation into what caused the accident on the Smiler ride at Alton Towers."

He also met with Health and Safety inspectors who said the ride is likely to remain closed for a significant period of time and indeed "may never open again".

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