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Teenage Alton Towers victim posts inspirational picture of her recovery

Leah Washington, 17, lost a leg on June 2 in a horrific crash at the theme park but a photo on Facebook shows her up and about and smiling

Elizabeth Roberts

Published 04/07/2015 | 18:39

Photo: Facebook / Leah Washington
Photo: Facebook / Leah Washington

A TEENAGER who lost her leg in the Alton Towers rollercoaster crash in England has posted an inspirational picture of her surrounded by friends.

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Leah Washington, 17, had her left leg amputated above the knee after the collision on the Smiler ride at the Staffordshire theme park on June 2.

Miss Washington was on a first date with new boyfriend Joe Pugh when their carriage – carrying 16 people – ploughed into the one in front. Mr Pugh suffered shattered kneecaps.

Two other people were seriously hurt.

According to her brother, Miss Washington needed a machine to keep her alive in intensive care for a day following the crash but started to make a rapid recovery. The young woman from Barnsley, in South Yorkshire, now appears to have progressed further, a month on from the accident. Her photograph shows her smiling with a large group of friends and relations, with their arms around her to support her.

The photo was widely "liked" by Facebook users, with Miss Washington’s friends commenting that they found the photograph to be inspirational.

Leah Washington (17) has had her left leg amputated after she was seriously injured on an Alton Towers rollercoaster
Leah Washington (17) has had her left leg amputated after she was seriously injured on an Alton Towers rollercoaster

One wrote: “Glad to see you up and about. Gorgeous photo.”

Another wrote: “What an absolutely fabulous picture, Leah you are an inspiration to us all.”

Another young woman, Vicky Balch, 20, from Lancashire, also lost a leg following the collision. Daniel Thorpe, 27, a hotel manager from Buxton in Derbyshire, was treated for a collapsed lung and fractured leg.

Telegraph.co.uk

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