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British actress Kathryn Prescott has been left with serious injuries and is "lucky to be alive" after being hit by a cement truck in New York, her twin sister has said.
Kathryn, best known for TV series including Skins and Finding Carter, has broken both her legs and her pelvis in two places, and is said to have only "narrowly avoided paralysis".
Her twin Megan shared details of the incident in an appeal for help to get to the US to support her sister, saying she received the news herself in "the most terrifying phone call" of her life.
"After fighting through complex surgery some of Kathryn's injuries include: broken pelvis in two places, both of her legs, her foot and her left hand," Megan said in a post shared on Instagram and Twitter.
"She is incredibly lucky to be alive. She narrowly avoided paralysis. The doctors are hopeful that she will make a full recovery but this will only be possible with the correct care right now."
Megan, also an actress - who starred in Skins alongside her sister - said Kathryn is alone in New York and will need help until she can start to walk again. However, due to COVID-19 restrictions she has not been able to travel to the US, despite being double vaccinated and having taken a PCR test.
British nationals are currently not allowed to enter the US from the UK.
In her post shared on Thursday, Megan said: "I need to be there to help her with literally everything as she will be able to do incredibly little by herself. She will be in rehab for a very long time and will need 24/hr care even after she leaves the hospital.
"I applied to the US embassy for exemption from the current restrictions banning any non-US citizens into the US and was denied earlier today and I am devastated."
Megan said she is able to "fly at the drop of a hat" and is "willing to do anything to get to her as soon as humanly possible" as she does not want her sister to "go through this alone".
Kathryn and Megan made their acting breakthrough in British teen comedy-drama Skins, joining in series three in 2009 and playing twins Emily and Katie Fitch.
Kathryn went on to star as Carter Stevens in US series Finding Carter from 2014 to 2015, and has also appeared in films including To The Bone, alongside Lily Collins and Keanu Reeves, and A Dog's Journey, starring Dennis Quaid and Josh Gad.
Megan has appeared in TV series including Holby City and Silent Witness and was also a bodybuilder.
Sky News has contacted the US embassy for comment.