The New York taxi driver involved in the crash which cost a British woman part of her leg has denied it was his fault, as he launched a medical fund to help her.
Sian Green has been recovering from surgery at Bellevue Hospital after a yellow cab ploughed into the 24-year-old as she was enjoying the start of a holiday break in the city with a female friend on Tuesday.
Mohammed Fasyal Himon said: "I am praying for her and her family. But it is not my fault. It is just an accident. This is what cab drivers have to deal with every day," he said. "It could have happened to any of us."
Ms. Green had her left leg amputated below the knee as a result of the accident.
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.
She has been cared for by a highly trained trauma and surgical team and was fortunate to not have sustained other major injuries.
Ms Green has remained optimistic despite the difficult circumstances and is very fortunate to have such a loving and supportive family.
The parents of a 23-year-old British tourist who lost part of her leg when she was hit by a taxi in New York on Tuesday have thanked those who helped at the scene of the accident, emergency staff, "and a very special thanks to all the people of New York City and beyond who we don't know."
In a statement via the hospital and obtained by ABC News New York, Sian Green's parents said:
There are not enough words to express our gratitude to everyone who has helped our family during this difficult time.
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.
Detectives are reconstructing the crash, ABC News reports, to determine if criminal charges should be filed against the taxi driver.
Relatives of a British woman who had part of her leg severed when she was hit by a taxi in New York are flying out to be by her side.
Sian Green's parents, Jason and Sonia Green, and boyfriend, William Lord, 26, were due to fly out last night.
“She is in recovery now, and they have had to amputate what's left of her foot,” Mr Green said.
“We are a really close family we are all devastated by what has happened, we don't know what to say. We just want to be at our daughter's side right now.”
A woman from Leicester has had part of her leg severed after a New York taxi mounted the pavement and hit her. Sian Green was taken to hospital in a critical condition and is thought to be having surgery on her other leg.
Witnesses say the cab swerved to avoid a cyclist. They've described using a dog-leash and a belt to help keep Ms Green alive.
Doctor Mehmet Oz was at the scene of the accident in New York and helped treat the woman, Sian Green from Leicester, whilst waiting for an ambulance.
Dave Justino, a plumber, used his belt to stem the British tourist's blood loss while waiting for an ambulance.
A woman from Leicester has had part of her leg severed by a New York taxi, city police are investigating whether or not her injuries were caused by road rage.
Sian Green has already undergone surgery and her father is flying out to America today to be by her side.
She is in recovery now and they have had to amputate what is left of her foot. We are a really close family and we are all devastated by what has happened. We just want to be at our daughter's side right now.
The "devastated" father of a British woman who had part of her leg severed by a New York taxi is flying out to America to keep a bedside vigil.
Sian Green has already undergone surgery after yesterday's incident, with city police investigating whether or not her injuries were caused by road rage.
Speaking from outside his home in Leicester, Ms Green's father Jason told the Leicester Mercury: "She is in recovery now, and they have had to amputate what's left of her foot.
"We are a really close family we are all devastated by what has happened.
"We don't know what to say."