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Tourist who lost leg in NY smash 'won't let it ruin life'

RECOVERING: Sian Green

A BRITISH tourist who lost her leg when a New York taxi ploughed into her as she talked with a friend on a pavement, has said she will not let the accident ruin her life.

The father of Sian Green's boyfriend, William Lord, says the 23-year-old is 'as upbeat as you can be about this' and is ‘determined to not let this ruin her life.'

Speaking to the Mail Online William Donaghue, whose son is flying out to New York to be with his girlfriend as she recovers in hospital, said that Sian spoke with him after the incident outside Rockefeller Centre on Tuesday (Aug 20).

Last night (Aug 21), Miss Green’s parents Jason and Sonia said their daughter was ‘being very strong’ as she started to come to terms with what had happened.

At their semi-detached family home in Leicester, Mr Green, 42, said: "She is in recovery now and they have had to amputate what’s left of her foot.

"Her friend Keshia (who was with her when the taxi struck) is still in shock. We are a really close family, we are all devastated by what has happened. We just want to be at our daughter’s side."

They have now flown to New York along with Miss Green’s boyfriend William Lord.

Miss Green, a Hugo Boss employee and part-time model, as struck by taxi driver Faysal Kabir Mohammad Himon – who was reportedly not licensed to drive the cab he was using. It was the first day of her holiday.

The driver was allegedly arguing with a cyclist when he tried to step on the brake but hit the accelerator instead.

The car mounted the pavement before careering into Miss Green – who was eating a hot dog with her best friend Keshia Warren.

Plumber David Justino used his belt to make a life-saving tourniquet while a pizza truck owner put her severed foot on ice.

US celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz, better known as Dr Oz, also rushed to help from his nearby studio when he heard the crash.

Miss Green was taken to Bellevue Hospital in New York where she is now recovering after surgery.

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