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Ann Margulis was in a yoga class in Lower Manhattan in New York when two planes flew into the World Trade Center 18 years ago

& # 39; The air was terrible & # 39 ;: the Australian yoga teacher who saw 9/11 unfold and then spent two years in New York, is now fighting 18 years after the tragedy against cancer caused by toxic dust

  • An Australian woman witnessed the 9/11 terrorist attacks that took place 18 years ago
  • Ann Margulis lived in the area after the tragedy and inhaled toxic dust for years
  • She was eventually diagnosed with stomach and thyroid cancer – linked to dust
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Ann Margulis was in a yoga class in Lower Manhattan in New York when two planes flew into the World Trade Center 18 years ago

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Ann Margulis was in a yoga class in Lower Manhattan in New York when two planes flew into the World Trade Center 18 years ago

An Australian woman who witnessed the horror of the 9/11 terrorist attacks is fighting cancer after living in the shadow of the wreck.

Ann Margulis was in a yoga class in Lower Manhattan in New York when hijackers flew two planes exactly 18 years ago in the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center.

As the nightmare unfolded before her eyes, she had no idea that the fall-out would have a profound effect on her life.

Months after the towers collapsed, fires remained lit and thick dust clouds filled the streets.

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Mrs. Margulis and her husband Les continued to live in her apartment near the toxic rubble, not knowing that the air was slowly poisoning her.

& # 39; The air was terrible. We could smell the fires, they only went out in February, many months later, and the air quality was terrible, it smelled of burning plastic. I can't describe it, & she said The Australian.

Tragedy struck when smoke from the World Trade Center smoked on September 11, 2001

Tragedy struck when smoke from the World Trade Center smoked on September 11, 2001

Tragedy struck when smoke from the World Trade Center smoked on September 11, 2001

Police officers and firefighters run away from the huge dust cloud caused by Tower One of the World Trade Center collapsing after terrorists crashed two hijacked planes into the double towers

Police officers and firefighters run away from the huge dust cloud caused by Tower One of the World Trade Center collapsing after terrorists crashed two hijacked planes into the double towers

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Police officers and firefighters run away from the huge dust cloud caused by Tower One of the World Trade Center collapsing after terrorists crashed two hijacked planes into the double towers

But the US Environmental Protection Agency had claimed that the air was safe and residents believed in them.

The Australian couple spent two years in New York after the tragedy, but the emotional torment of seeing the attacks finally took its toll and the couple returned to Sydney in 2003.

The first cancer was discovered after returning home. Margulis was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2005, but she didn't think it was related to the toxic air from Ground Zero.

She finally made the connection after her second cancer was diagnosed in 2009 – stage four stomach cancer.

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& # 39; We found it unusual to have two different types of cancer, and in particular my stomach cancer, & # 39; she said.

The number of deaths from the 2001 terrorist attacks has risen dramatically in recent years by around 2,000 people who died from 9/11-related illnesses.

Many first aid workers and those who worked on cleaning developed respiratory and digestive problems associated with dust inhalation.

An unknown man with a face mask walks on an ash-covered street near Ground Zero following the collapse of the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001

An unknown man with a face mask walks on an ash-covered street near Ground Zero following the collapse of the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001

An unknown man with a face mask walks on an ash-covered street near Ground Zero following the collapse of the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001

Firefighters work around the World Trade Center after both towers collapsed in New York on September 11, 2001
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Firefighters work around the World Trade Center after both towers collapsed in New York on September 11, 2001

Firefighters work around the World Trade Center after both towers collapsed in New York on September 11, 2001

New research has also shown that respondents were more likely to develop cardiovascular disease in the early days after the tragedy, ABC reported.

After investigating the high number of cancers discovered in those who were living in Lower Manhattan at the time, Margulis contacted a law firm that had helped other victims, Barasch and McGarry.

Mrs Margulis underwent a long and painful legal battle, but eventually proved her case after providing medical and housing records.

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She received an undisclosed amount from the 9/11 Victim & # 39; s Compensation Fund, which was set up to make payments to people with tragedy-related illnesses.

More than 51,000 people have applied for a Victim Compensation Fund that makes payments to people with diseases possibly related to 9/11.

Mrs Margulis is still angry that they have been given permission to return to the area and she believes that the death toll will continue to rise for years.

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