Mehmet Oz is a doctor, and he does play one on TV… and in real life.
TV star Dr. Oz was one of the good Samaritans that rushed to the aid of a British tourist who was hit by a runaway cab today.
The cardiologist is the host of The Dr. Oz show which focuses on health and nutrition.
The tourist had a just arrived in New York City and was eating a hot dog in midtown Manhattan on Sixth Avenue at about 11 am when the cab plowed her into.
The horrific accident sent her left leg flying, but food vendors put it on ice, and doctors at Bellevue Hospital are apparently attempting to reattach it.
According to the New York Daily News, a plumber named David Justino and Dr. Oz among several others worked together to help the 23-year-old tourist who is identified as Sian Green.
“Oz said ‘Dave the Plumber’ saved the woman’s life when he stripped off his Carhartt belt and used it as a tourniquet. ‘The real hero of day, is plumber Dave, just an average Joe, an average Dave just walking along the street but he saved her life,’ said Oz, whose T-shirt and jeans were spattered with blood. ‘It’s very smart thinking. A simple thing like a union plumber’s belt can save your life.’ ”
Oz tapes his popular TV show nearby in the Rockefeller Center area.
According to the New York Post, the accident in which the taxi jumped the curb allegedly resulted from a feud between the cabbie and a bike messenger. “Sources said [the cabbie] may have been fuming because the bike messenger cut him off as the pair headed up Sixth Avenue.” Police issued the cab driver at least one summons but reportedly no criminal charges will be filed against him.
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) August 20, 2013