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Mexican tourist who lost leg in taxi tragedy faces long recovery: family

A Mexican tourist who lost her leg after being hit by a runaway taxi in Manhattan this week is “a fighter” determined to pull through, her husband told the Post.

But Daniela Hernandez, 32, has a long way to go to recover, her family conceded on Thursday.

“Daniela takes heavy painkillers,” her husband, Carlos Almazan, said outside the hospital. “But she is motivated to overcome this.

“She’s a fighter,” Almazan said.

Hernandez had his leg amputated after Tuesday’s horrific accident, just hours before he returned to San Luis Potosi after a trip to the Big Apple with some girlfriends.

Doctors at Bellevue Hospital are now racing to save her other leg as her family tries to comfort the married mother of two – and are waiting for the swelling to go down so they can operate on her remaining leg to try and save her.

Daniela Martinez Hernandez lost her leg after being plowed by a taxi.

Almazan said doctors estimate she will remain in hospital for another three weeks.

“It was the girls’ last day in town before they went home,” her mother, Lucia Garate Gomez, said inside the hospital.

“She was in the wrong place in a crazy town where anyone can get a license,” Gomez said. “I don’t know how we’re going to handle this and we have to stay here for I don’t know how long. We can not. It’s not a friendly city. I don’t know what we’re going to do.

“She has other operations to come. She’s got bruises all over and cuts and everything. She is in a lot of pain,” she added. “We really have to find a way to help him emotionally and physically, but we also have to find a way to stay here.

“Sometimes I want to think I’m dreaming,” she said. “That doesn’t happen. That someone is going to tell me that it’s false, that it’s not true. That doesn’t happen. »

Gomez said her daughter never lost consciousness and “saw it all.”

“She really wants to find the guy who helped her and find him,” she said. “We don’t know who he was. She was always conscious.

Footage from the scene of the crash on Broadway between 28th and 29th streets shows hordes of good Samaritans rushing to the scene to free pedestrians trapped under the cab.

Mexican tourist who lost leg in taxi tragedy faces long recovery: family
Pedestrians got stuck under the taxi.

Another woman suffered severe leg fractures, another victim suffered a broken left arm and fractured ribs, and others suffered bruises, police said.

A source close to the family told the Post this week that many of the wealthy housewife’s friends have returned to Mexico after the outing in town earlier on Tuesday.

Hernandez was due to leave this afternoon after some last minute shopping.

News of the tragic accident hit Hernandez’s hometown hard, the source said.

“The community here is very affected by this tragedy,” he said. “Everyone is very sad. They want to know if there will be justice.

Mexican tourist who lost leg in taxi tragedy faces long recovery: family
Daniela Hernandez has been called a “fighter” by her family as she recovers.
Mexican tourist who lost leg in taxi tragedy faces long recovery: family
The cab in the crash has been involved in 18 traffic offenses since 2019, The Post reported.

He said there was “disbelief” in the injured woman’s hometown in central Mexico that the driver, identified by police as Khan Zahangir, had not been charged in the accident.

“It’s very strange,” he said, and he asked why Zahangir “isn’t even in custody.”

Police said Zahangir remained at the scene after the accident which injured six people.

The Post reported this week that his taxi had racked up 18 traffic offenses since 2019, but it’s unclear if he was behind the wheel for any of them, police said.

Additional reporting by Tina Moore