Thursday marked a milestone in the recovery of 23-year-old Sian Green who spent over a month at Bellevue Hospital after an out-of-control taxi jumped the curb and struck her.
Green had just arrived to New York on Aug. 20 for vacation after months of planning and excitement. Her Instagram account had pictures counting down to the day.
She was walking with a friend on Sixth Avenue at West 49th street when a yellow cab lost control and hit her. Green was pinned to the sidewalk by the cab and her leg was severed.
Witnesses jumped in to help, including a plumber who used his belt as a tourniquet. The plumber who saved Green’s life lost his job shortly after because of all the media attention.
She was rushed to Bellevue Hospital where part of her leg had to be amputated.
The cab driver was suspended for previous traffic violations. He claims the accident occurred because an angry bike messenger banged on his car and startled him.
Despite the accident, a publicist for Green says her incredible strength has been an inspiration.
“Her positive attitude, infectious personality and determination to recover have played an important role in the result of her discharge,” said publicist Alex Schnabel.
Green will return to the United Kingdom in a few days where she will focus on getting back to a normal routine and her fashion studies.
In a statement from the family, the Greens thanked everyone that supported them through their stay in New York. They are asking for privacy as Sian enjoys her time out of the hospital before heading home.