Model who lost leg in New York taxi crash helping others

Sian Green-Lord, 33, lost her left leg nine years ago and has set up her own foundation

An active Leicester woman who lost part of her left leg after being hit by a taxi in New York City has been helping other people get the prosthetics they need to regain an active life. Sian Green-Lord, 33, who is a full-time model, was injured when a taxi driver tried to ram a cyclist in a horrific road rage incident nine years ago.

Before the crash she had always been a keen dancer, as well as regularly going to the gym. But the incident in 2013 left her left leg severed just below the knee.

She spent six weeks undergoing four different surgeries in America and had to learn to use a prosthetic. But while she got quick and effective private care, she said those on NHS waiting lists are not always so fortunate.

She said it could be a “waiting game” for people in the UK in need of a prosthetic leg. Two years ago she bought a running blade from the Danish company Levitate so that she could be more active and that led to her desire to help other people get their own blades – flexible prosthetics that allow amputees to run again.

She said: “I just know what a difference that can make to somebody. People need hope these days, so if you could just provide that little bit of hope for somebody then that’s the job done.”

She said she received daily messages on social media from other amputees looking forward to running again. While her charity, The Sian Green Foundation, was first started in 2015, she said she did not have a clear plan for what the organisation would do.

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