Rollercoaster Crash Amputee Finds Strength In New Tattoo

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Rollercoaster crash amputee Vicky Balch, a victim from the Alton Towers rollercoaster crash, renews her strength through a new tattoo.

Pace Rehabilitation/Twitter
Pace Rehabilitation/Twitter

After the promising offer given to Staffordshire University students for an opportunity to take a course in how to run a theme park this year, follows the horrific event that traumatized many. In June this year, the Smiler ride at the said theme park was where the accident that changed the lives of four university students took place. Among them was Vicky Balch, who lost her leg in the accident.

Balch went through an agonizing time even after being rescued. She had to face the fact that she's going to have to live the rest of her life with one leg right then and there, seeing how badly the crash got her. She had since then found strength and faith in people who helped her get back up and start living again.

Tattoo Fixers/Channel 4
Tattoo Fixers/Channel 4

Before getting a hi-tech bionic leg, Vicky hit the tattoo shop to tick one more thing off her list. Having only one leg isn't going to slow down this feisty University of Derby graduate. She recently walked the runway for Models of Diversity and now, she just appeared in an episode of Britain's Tattoo Fixers.

Rollercoaster Crash Amputee. Ian Vogler/MirrorFix
Rollercoaster Crash Amputee. Ian Vogler/MirrorFix

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Tattoo Fixers host, John Hutton was the one who got behind the machine for the 20-year-old and claimed that the experience conjured up emotions he didn't expect to surface. “To see her reaction to the tattoo and to know she was pleased with it was really something for me,” he said. “It was nice to get some joy out of an awful situation.”

Hutton listed the particular episode as one of the most “poignant” stories from the second episode. He told Chester Chronicle, “Vicky features in the first episode and after spending a long time talking to her while I was doing the piece, I was shocked when I heard the whole story and how devastating it’s been for her.”

Ian Vogler/MirrorFix
Ian Vogler/MirrorFix

“It was nice to be able to bring some joy out of an awful situation,” he added.

Rollercoaster Crash Amputee. Ian Vogler/MirrorFix
Rollercoaster Crash Amputee. Ian Vogler/MirrorFix

While the 20-year-old had her own doubts whether or not to go through with it. “I worried whether I could face a needle after having so many put into me in hospital,” she said. “But the procedure was fine. I actually enjoyed it.

It wasn't her first inking though, she had already gotten three tattoos in the past. Vicky sees this as a way to ‘return to normality’ after all that has happened.

Tattoo Fixers/Channel 4
Tattoo Fixers/Channel 4

“I chose an elephant as to me they represent strength, unity and family.”

Xavier

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When she's not writing for Tattoodo, Xavier likes experimenting with art and organizing local music shows. We're kidding, she's probably asleep. Follow her on Instagram @claudia_strife

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