The accident (as reported by NBC New York) occurred at the intersection of 49th Street and 6th Avenue in midtown Manhattan on Tuesday (Aug. 20). A cab had to swerve in order to avoid hitting a bicyclist, causing the driver to lose control. He swerved and struck the 23-year-old tourist as she crossed the street. In addition to the severed leg, the tourist suffered injuries to her other leg and remains in critical condition at a NYC hospital.
Several witnesses on the scene were essential in saving the woman’s life. One, a plumber named David Justino, applied a makeshift tourniquet to the victim’s leg. “He hit the girl, she flew up in the air, her leg was severed right off … so I just grabbed my belt, went over, lifted her up, put it on, held it,” Justino said after the accident.
Dr. Oz reached the scene of the accident — which occurred close to the cardiothoracic surgeon’s studios — shortly after the tourniquet was applied and praised the action as “very smart thinking.” “They saved her life,” the television doctor said.