Sian Green-Lord turned a tragic car accident into a high fashion moment.
The self-proclaimed fashion lover and aspiring 29-year-old model from Leicester, England, had a prosthetic leg created from an old Louis Vuitton bag, reports the BBC, after losing part of her leg in an accident while visiting the city from New York.
Less than 24 hours after arriving in the Big Apple for a trip in 2013, Green-Lord was hit by a yellow taxi while walking down Sixth Avenue near Rockefeller Center. The impact cut Green's left foot and shattered his right leg, The Post reported at the time. Doctors at Bellevue Hospital had to amputate the left leg under the knee, but were able to save his right leg.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, who witnessed the accident scene, paid a high quality prosthesis for Green-Lord so he could walk.
As of 2018, one's mother had not yet received money from the accident and the taxi driver, Mohammed Faysal Himon, never faced criminal charges.
Now, almost seven years later, Green-Lord gave his prosthetic leg a designer makeover, an idea that came unexpectedly.
"It actually occurred to me in a dream that I had this super leg," he told the BBC. “I remember telling my husband in the morning. He was like ‘Why is he crazy? Why do not you do it? "
Made from a vintage bag that he bought on eBay for "150 pounds" (about $ 197), Green-Lord showed the manufacturing process of the Louis Vuitton leg at the Blatchford Clinic in Sheffield, England, in a YouTube video.
Green-Lord said he can now wear heels, which he hasn't done since the accident, thanks to his new prosthetic leg. He also said that the leg was not created to be flashy, but to remind him of life before the accident.
"This leg is the product of someone who was before losing my leg and is almost a collaboration for me," he said. “For the person I was then and for the person I am now. I just feel really complete and really satisfied because I regained a feeling that I never thought I would feel again. "
After Lord received his leg, a new pair of Louis Vuitton boots at Selfridges in Birmingham captured his heart.
"I entered Louis Vuitton and thought" They won't fit, "he said." I had my heart on them, but it fit like a dream. "
Since showing off his new leg on Instagram, his fellow amputees and fans have been raining Green-Lord with praise for making his dream leg come true.
"Being able to have this leg gives me much more confidence," he said.