A woman whose teenage suicide attempt left her without legs has fought back from depression and is now a happy mother.
Helen Galsworthy had given up hope at the age of 18, and decided to take her life by lying down on a train track.
She changed her mind at the last minute, but didn’t move fast enough to prevent the train from hitting her legs, severing both just below the knee.
The last thing she recalled seeing before fainting was her legs lying separate from her.
She said: ''I could see a lot of blood and the end of my jeans were cut off. It was agonising''.
Seven years later the 25-year-old is raising a little boy and studying at University.
‘I didn’t think anyone would want me and I thought I’d never be able to achieve the things I had wanted in life like getting married and having children,’ she said.
In 2011 her dream came true after becoming pregnant with her son Thomas.
The plucky mum from Hampshire now faces life with a new vigour, and confidently uses her prosthetic legs each day to attend her criminology classes.
She also volunteers on the psychiatric ward where she was treated following her suicide attempt, and even once took part in a charity sky dive to raise money for an amputee charity.
She said: ''There was a time when I didn’t want to live but now I’m a mum and my life has a meaning. After I lost my legs I thought I’d be alone for ever but now I have everything I’ve ever wanted''.