Dr. Mehmet Oz celebrated the five-year anniversary of the "Dr. Oz Show" on the Dec. 19 episode, where he welcomed back Sian Green, the British tourist who lost her leg in a gruesome cab accident last summer.
It has been three months since Dr. Oz first met Green, a 24-year-old student who was visiting New York City when a taxi cab jumped the curb and severed her left foot.
The accident occurred right outside Dr. Oz's midtown Manhattan office, so he immediately ran out of his building to tend to Green when he heard the noise.
"What I remember is the look on Sian's face when I turned her over," Dr. Oz recalled. "She screamed in pain."
While Dr. Oz's medical intervention was unable to save Green's leg, she has been in extensive rehabilitation, and said her life has returned to normal since her horrific accident, which has ended her dancing career.
Dr. Oz enlisted the help of prosthetic experts to fit Green with a new left leg so she could walk again without crutches. Sian walked for the first time onto Dr. Oz's TV stage on her own, moving the audience to a standing ovation.
Green said she still needs to use a wheelchair to cover long distances, but feels almost normal again after getting fitted with the prosthetic leg. Dr. Oz praised Sian for her boundless optimism throughout the ordeal, and called her a truly remarkable young woman.
Green has since filed a $27.5 million lawsuit against New York City, arguing that the cab driver’s license should have been suspended before he mowed her down.
At the time of the accident, the driver, Faysal Himon, had seven points on his license, which was cause for suspension. A computer glitch had allowed him to continue driving. Himon rammed into Green on the sidewalk while trying to chase down a bike messenger, whom he thought had dissed him.
Sian said her traumatic experience has taught her the importance of strength and determination. "I fought to stay here on this earth, so I'll continue to fight," she said.