Ex-soldier and double amputee from Crawley offers support to Alton Towers crash victim

Jay Baldwin in hospital, pictured earlier this year SUS-150203-104018001
Jay Baldwin in hospital, pictured earlier this year SUS-150203-104018001

A Crawley soldier who lost both legs while serving in the army has offered support to a girl whose leg was amputated after the Alton Towers crash.

Sgt Jay Baldwin, of Southgate, sent a string of messages on Twitter on Tuesday June 9 in which he reached out to crash victim Leah Washington, 17.

She is reported to be recovering well after her leg was amputated following the crash on the Smiler rollercoaster on Tuesday June 2.

Crawley Town fan Jay, 29, wrote: “I would happily get in touch with her and chat about her future as an amputee! All the best and always stay on top of your strength and fitness!”

He told the Observer: “Keeping a sense of humour and staying who you are is important.

“There is a huge opportunity now for her to be exactly what she wants to be.

“If she likes football, she could be the best ever amputee footballer.”

He also joked that boyband One Direction have ‘outdone’ him by offering to meet Leah.

He said: “I think One Direction have outdone me but nobody from One Direction have had their legs taken from them.”

Jay lost both legs just above the knee when he stepped on an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan in January 2012.

Earlier this year, he underwent pioneering surgery in Australia which saw him fitted with permanent implants on which to connect his prosthetic legs.

He added: “I’ve got my life back. I can do what I want, when I want.”

In September, he is due to hand cycle 3,000 miles from the east to west coast of the USA.

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