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Smiler crash victim who lost leg has specially made dress to walk down aisle
October 24, 2021
Alton Towers Smiler crash victim Vicky Balch could be seen beaming on Friday (22 October) as she walked down the aisle, wearing a sparkling gown which was altered to allow her to walk in it while using her prosthetic leg.
The stunning bride had once told her mum she thought no one would ever want to marry her after losing her right leg in the horrific accident in 2015.
But six years on, Vicky, 26, exchanged vows with the love of her life, Dino Manciocchi, in front of friends and loved ones – including the couple's seven-month-old son Venanzio, or Vinnie for short, reports The Mirror.
Speaking before the ceremony, beautician Vicky told the newspaper: “It will be very emotional and there will be lots of tears.
“Although I’ve been through a lot, I wouldn’t change what happened because I probably wouldn’t have Dino or Vinnie. They are my everything.”
Covid-19 restrictions meant the happy couple had to cancel their original wedding, which was set to take place in Florence last September.
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Vicky said: “We would have had to isolate when we went to Italy and that wouldn’t have worked for the guests. Then we rearranged for July – but that wasn’t possible either.”
They eventually chose to get hitched in Britain at the Bartle Hall Hotel near their home in Preston.
Vicky said: “I joked about eloping at first. Then we went, ‘You know what? We’ll just have a really intimate wedding.’ And then that’s grown a little bit bigger.”
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As well as 50 guests at the nuptials, more were due to join the newlyweds at their reception. Pizza oven firm owner Dino, 27, joked: “If you know Vic, you knew it was going to grow!”
Vicky wasn’t planning to wear heels but said: “I’ll have them with me, but I don’t want to risk tripping up or falling. I’ll probably be a lot comfier.”
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Her life changed forever when she and 15 others were injured in the Smiler crash in June 2015. Vicky was in the front row of a car when it hit an empty carriage on the track.
After doctors amputated part of her leg, she received a multimillion-pound payout to fund a lifetime of treatment.
On the fifth anniversary of the crash last year, Vicky revealed in the Sunday Mirror she was finally free from medication and looking forward to a life with Dino, who proposed in 2018.
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But at one time, she felt so low she told her mum Karen: “No one is going to want me like this.”
Vicky said: “Looking back, it does seem a little bit of silly thing to say. But at the time I was 19, I think. Now I know a lot of amputees and I live a very normal life.
“It does make me feel a bit sad that I thought I’d never get married or have a family or anyone who’d even want to be with me.
“But now I’m at the other end of the scale. I’ve found a fantastic man.”