Following the crash Vicky thought that she’d never get married. Alton Towers Smiler crash victim Vicky Balch’s dream finally came true yesterday when she tied the knot with the love of her life.
The blushing bride once thought no one would ever want to marry her after she lost her right leg in the horrific
rollercoaster crash in 2015.
But six years on, she walked up the aisle in a sparkling gown to say her vows with Dino Manciocchi in front of guests – including their seven-month-old son Venanzio, or Vinnie for short.
“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.”
The couple were originally due to wed in Florence in September last year, but Covid restrictions scuppered their plans.
Beautician Vicky, 26, 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.”
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!”
The length of his new wife’s gown was altered so she could comfortably walk in it while using her prosthetic leg.
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.”
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.
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.”