The parents of a British tourist who was injured when a New York taxi jumped a curb say they are grateful for the help of bystanders including television celebrity Dr Oz.


Jason and Sonia Green said on Thursday they want to thank New Yorkers for their support following the accident.

“There are not enough words to express our gratitude to everyone who has helped our family during this difficult time,” the couple said in a statement released by Bellevue hospital where their daughter, Sian Green, is recovering.

The family said it wanted especially to thank the men for their help, along with the hospital, its hotel, the airlines and the police department.

“We hope Sian will soon be on her way to recovery and will be able to personally thank all the kind people of New York City,” said the couple, from Leicester, England.

The 23-year-old lost a leg when she was struck by a taxi at Rockefeller Center on Tuesday when she was enjoying the start of a holiday break in the city with a female friend.

Quick-thinking bystanders including a plumber, a nurse and TV personality Dr Mehmet Oz rushed to her aid. Plumber David Justino immediately applied a tourniquet made from a belt.

Justino was praised by medics for his “quick-thinking” after tying his belt around Green’s leg to act as a tourniquet, stemming the blood loss.

Justino told The New York Times he was determined to hold on until help arrived, and then he saw Oz over his shoulder.

“I felt more comfortable when I looked up and saw his face,” Justino said. “I said, ‘What should I do?’ and he said, ‘You’re doing it. You’re doing it.'”

Dr Oz had been filming for a television show near the accident scene in midtown Manhattan about 11am local time.

Food vendor Max Crespo put Green’s severed leg on ice, following the directions of a nurse whose name he didn’t know.

“I took water and grabbed this bucket with ice,” Crespo told the Times. “The nurse, she told me to pour water on her legs, and I did. And that is when she screamed a lot like I was pouring fire on her.”

Dr Spiros Frangos, a senior trauma surgeon at Bellevue hospital, said Green was “fortunate” not to have suffered more serious injury.

Doctors had to amputate her left foot and she has undergone treatment to wounds on her other leg as a result of the accident.

Dr Frangos, Bellevue’s associate director of surgery and director of the surgical intensive care unit, said nothing could have been done to reattach her amputated limb despite the best efforts of medics.

“Ms Green had her left leg amputated below the knee as a result of the accident,” he said.

“Given the condition of the lower leg, replantation was not an option.

“Her right leg sustained multiple deep lacerations which were also cleaned and repaired and will likely regain most functionality with time and physical therapy.”

The cab driver who ploughed into Green said driving a taxi is too stressful and told a newspaper, “I need more suitable job.”

Mohammed Faysal Himon told the New York Post the accident happened after he accelerated to get around a bicyclist who pounded on his car and yelled at him.

Himon said he didn’t remember much after accelerating until he saw Green’s leg by his cab.

He was issued a summons, and police and prosecutors are investigating. Authorities were making moves to suspend his cab licence.

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