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Alton Towers rollercoaster victim poses in underwear thanks to confidence secret

An Alton Towers crash victim who lost a leg on a rollercoaster has shared empowering underwear snaps.

Leah Washington, 24, praises her boyfriend for giving her the confidence to sign up for a photo shoot with fashion company Pour Moi.

Her partner Joe Pugh was also seriously injured on the Smiler rollercoaster at Alton Towers in June 2015 when their car smashed into a stationary one in front.

Leah from Barnsley, South Yorkshire says she would not have dreamt of posing with her prosthetic leg on show without Joe's support.

She told Mirror Online: "He is amazing and always encourages me to put things on Instagram.

"He says ‘just think of who you are helping’.

"I don’t think I would be as confident as I am without Joe, and my mum and dad, my brother and nan.

"It helps having a good close circle and positive attitude."

She said she still thinks "all the time" about how things could have been different that day as she supports Air Ambulance Week.

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"If I ever see an air ambulance I look up and think. It will always stick with me that they saved my life.

"The reminder every day is when I wake up and have to put my prosthetic leg on but I’m grateful I’m still here, can help others, and enjoy life."

Leah said she now feels "as recovered as I can be" and is able to walk up to three miles.

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She added: "I still go to physiotherapy and I’m doing well.

"I had a little rough patch a couple of years ago where my strength went but I’m at a good place at the moment."

Doing various charity events to raise money for causes close to Leah’s heart over the years has given her something to focus on and has also been a big part of her recovery.

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Leah and another passenger lost a leg in the crash, while Joe’s kneecaps were smashed in the impact.

A total of 16 people were hurt and at least five were seriously injured.

Leah is fronting a photographic exhibition entitled 'It was just a normal day, until…' showcased at various locations and running throughout autumn to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Air Ambulance Midlands.

"I would do anything for the air ambulance. I wouldn’t be here today if the air ambulance didn’t exist," she said.

Air Ambulance Week (Sep 6-12) is the only week in the year dedicated to raising awareness and funds for the vital lifesaving work of air ambulance charities and is organised by Air Ambulances UK.

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