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9-11 Survivor shares story of survival in Pittsburg


Imaging living your life without eyesight. It's probably pretty scary that you'll never be able to witness any major milestone in life including, September 11th. But one survivor of the 9-11 attacks isn't letting his loss of eyesight affect his attitude towards life.

She is the definition of man's best friend....or in this case, his guardian angel.

"Roselle focused perfectly on 9/11. She did her job as well as any guide dog could do. She was the right dog at the right time, and that's all I could ask for." says survivor, Michael Hingston.

Hingston currently lives in California. Hingston's guide dog, Roselle, accompanied him down 78 flights of stairs, directly from tower one in New York City...on September 11, 2001. Hingston spent the afternoon addressing the Pittsburg community about the events that occurred that morning--through his eyes.

"The best way I can describe it is imagine a spring fashioned to a table at the bottom, then you start pushing the top. That's exactly what the building did. The building was constructed really to be a big spring. We moved about 20 feet. Then when the building finally stopped and started moving back,  we kind of hoped that we wouldn't fall into the street because we were afraid we were about to take a 78 floor plunge to the street." Hingston describes.

Now a public speaker, and accomplished author, Mike travels across the country with his new guide dog, Africa, explaining that disabilities should not stop anyone from doing what they want to do in life.

"Me as a blind person learning to live and function. People say sighted world, but I believe it's a world we're making more inclusive by recognizing that just because people have disabilities, it doesn't mean that we can't function." Hingston says.

Next on Hingstons list? learning to drive a car. But until then, he hopes to continue helping those who have helped him the most.

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