Alton Towers crash victim who lost leg standing again - and ‘over the moon’ as One Direction promise to meet her

Leah Washington, injured in the Alton Towers crash
Leah Washington, injured in the Alton Towers crash
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A girl from South Yorkshire whose leg was amputated after the Alton Towers rollercoaster crash has stood again for the first time, her brother has said.

Leah Washington, 17, from Barnsley, was one of five people who suffered severe injuries in last week’s crash on The Smiler ride.

It comes as her favourite band One Direction promised to meet the teenager after an online campaign to arrange a visit from the group was started.

Her brother Luke told the BBC Leah had initially been in intensive care and needing machines to help her breathe.

But he said her health and spirits have now ‘improved dramatically’.

He said: “She was heavily sedated. She was in intensive care and the machines were keeping her going.

(Left - right) Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson of One Direction perform on stage during Capital FM's Summertime Ball at Wembley Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday June 6, 2015. See PA story SHOWBIZ Summertime. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

(Left - right) Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson of One Direction perform on stage during Capital FM's Summertime Ball at Wembley Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday June 6, 2015. See PA story SHOWBIZ Summertime. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

“Yesterday I walked into the room and she was standing up. It was great.

“Compared to last week, when she got to hospital for the first time, it’s a world of difference.

“Each day has gone by and she’s improved and improved.”

He added that Leah was delighted One Direction have been in touch after the online campaign.

“Last night I was notified by a friend that they’ll record a video message for her to see as soon as she’s back to normal.

“She’ll have VIP tickets to the shows and meet them.

“I got to tell our Leah and she was over the moon. She didn’t know what to say. It was the smile on her face and that was the main thing. She’s got something to look forward to.

He added: “She’ll be up and mobile before we know it.”

Leah had been due to see One Direction in concert last weekend but was unable to go because of her injuries.

The band are currently in Europe on a world tour but their agents have said the group have filmed a video message for Leah.

A spokesman said: “Unfortunately because of their schedule they can’t visit her in hospital, but they have offered Leah tickets to a forthcoming concert of her choice when she has recovered, and will be delighted to meet her backstage then.”