'They saved my life': Sian Green thanks bystanders for help after New York taxi crash

24-year-old had part of her left leg amputated below the knee

A British holidaymaker who lost part of a leg after being hit by a New York taxi has thanked bystanders who rushed to her aid.

Sian Green, who remains in New York five weeks after the accident, said medical treatment from strangers saved her life.

The 24-year-old, from Leicester, told NBC News's Today programme she could remember the moments before she was knocked down.

Thanking a plumber who used his belt as a tourniquet, Miss Green said: "There's good people in this world, very good people in this world that I can't thank enough.

"They saved my life. If it wasn't for them, I wouldn't be sitting here right now telling this story."

Miss Green underwent surgery at New York's Bellevue Hospital and had part of her left leg amputated below the knee after being injured while with a friend in midtown Manhattan on August 20.

Asked to describe the emotional impact of the accident, Miss Green told NBC: "We came here thinking we were just coming here on holiday. It's been like a whirlwind."

Miss Green confirmed she can remember an argument between a taxi driver and a cyclist before the accident, and not being able to move after being hit.

The victim's sister Stacey also spoke to the programme.

"She's grateful for all the support she's having here, she just takes it day by day," she said.

"It is quite difficult but she is a very optimistic person."