Dr. Oz helps save tourist's life in NYC cab accident

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A British tourist is in critical condition after being hit by a New York City taxi cab. According to witnesses, including television's Dr. Mehmet Oz, the cab jumped the curb before striking the woman and severing her leg.

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.

Photo/Video credit: Getty Images, NBC New York