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British tourist in NYC taxi crash out of ICU, 'in good spirits' 

Sep. 11, 2013 at 8:27 AM ET

The young British tourist who lost her left leg when she was struck by a cab on a Manhattan sidewalk last month has been moved out of the intensive-care unit at Bellevue Hospital in the latest milestone in her recovery.

The physicians for Sian Green, 23, have upgraded her condition from fair to good and moved her out of ICU for the first time since the incident on Aug. 20, her attorney, Daniel Marchese, told TODAY. Green also will undergo her extensive rehabilitation at the hospital in Manhattan rather than returning to her home in England.

“Sian has begun rehabilitation and will remain at Bellevue for the duration of her therapy,’’ Marchese said in a statement. “Despite the circumstances, she continues to remain in good spirits with the support of family, friends and the staff at Bellevue Hospital.

“The Green Family expresses their gratitude to all for respecting their wishes for privacy during this time. They continue to be grateful for the hundreds of people that have offered their kindness, care and support. Further legal decisions await the results of an ongoing criminal investigation of the incident by the District Attorney's Office. Sian's recovery is our primary concern and goal at the present time. However, future legal actions will be announced in due course.”

Green was on vacation last month when cab driver Faysal Kabir Mohammad Himon, 24, lost control of his taxi and struck her. Her left leg was amputated below the knee and her right leg was seriously injured. Plumber David Justino, 44, who was on a coffee break when he witnessed the accident, assisted Green by tying his belt around her left foot as a tourniquet. Dr. Mehmet Oz also quickly appeared on the scene to assist Green before ambulances arrived. 

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