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Apprentice star Totton decided at age 10 to be doctor after Omagh bombing

Dr Leah Totton
Dr Leah Totton
Apprentice winner Leah Totton

By Sarah Tullock

Apprentice star Leah Totton has told how the horror of the Omagh bombing convinced her to become a doctor.

Leah (30) said she vividly remembers the day of the atrocity in 1998 in which 29 people, including a woman pregnant with twins, died.

"I was in a shop with my mum and aunt just outside Omagh on that day," she told the Daily Mail.

"We knew there had been a bombing nearby and it was a bad one as they made an announcement asking for medical personnel to attend the local hospital to assist.

"That moment, when I was just 10 years old, was truly the first time I knew I wanted to become a doctor."

Following the successful launch of her skin clinics and winning The Apprentice TV show in 2013, Leah decided to return to work in accident & emergency as she wanted to "give back".

Breda Devine, 20 months
Breda Devine, 20 months
Esther Gibson
Spaniard Gonzalo Cavedo poses with a child on his shoulders beside the car carrying the bomb that seconds later killed 29 people, including the photographer
Elizabeth Rush
Olive Hawkes, aged 60
Julie Hughes, aged 21
Ann McCombe, aged 45
Mary Grimes, aged 65
Aiden Gallagher, aged 21
The bomb attack was the worst ever atrocity of Northern Ireland's decades of violence.
Brian McCrory, left, aged 54
Samantha McFarland, aged 17
Philomena Skelton, aged 39
Jolene Marlow, aged 17
The scene of the Omagh Bomb
Brenda Logue, aged 17
Alan Radford, aged 16
Bryan White, aged 27
Oran Doherty
Lorraine Wilson
Fred White
Veda Short
Geraldine Breslin
Deborah-Ann Cartwright
The scene of devastation in Omagh Town centre where upto 25 people have been killed in this afternoons blast. PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/08/98
Gareth Conway, Omagh bomb victim
James Baker, Omagh bomb victim
Several men have faced charges in connection with the attack, but nobody has ever been convicted of the murders
Cathy and Michael Gallagher, the sister and father of Omagh bomb victim, Aiden Gallagher.
PACEMAKER BFST 03-08-99: Man United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has a chat with Claire Gallagher, who lost her sight in the Omagh bomb, before yesterday's friendly against Omagh Town in aid of the Omagh Bomb Fund.
The happy couple — Ryan and Claire Bowse on their wedding day last year, nine years after Claire lost her sight due to injuries suffered in the Omagh bombing
The damage caused by the bomb explosion in Market Street, Omagh, 1998
Donna Marie McGillion, who was seriously injured in the Omagh bombing
The secret email which shows intelligence bosses knew that Omagh was a prime target for a terrorist attack weeks before the car bomb that devastated the town
Claire Radford, whose brother Alan was killed in the Omagh bomb, examines a new stained-glass window in the town's library with her daughter Mia. The window was created in memory of the victims of the blast which killed 29 people and unborn twins.
Michael Gallagher whose son Aiden, 21, was killed in the Omagh bomb attack Pic Paul Faith
Michael Gallagher (right), whose son Aiden, 21, was killed in the Omagh bomb attack with Stanley McCombe who lost his wife Ann Pic Paul Faith
Dr Leah Totton
Dr Leah Totton
Apprentice winner Leah Totton
Sir Alan Sugar and Dr Leah Totton launch the Dr. Leah Cosmetic skin Clinic, Epping on March 4, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)

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