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An Australian woman who witnessed the horror of the 9/11 terror attacks has revealed how she battled cancer after inhaling the toxic dust in New York City.
Ann Margulis was in a yoga class in New York's Lower Manhattan when hijackers flew two planes into the World Trade Centre's Twin Towers 18 years ago.
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As the terrorist attack struck the city, she had no idea the fallout would directly impact her life so drastically.
For months after the towers collapsed fires continued to burn and thick dust clouds filled the streets.
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Ms Margulis and her husband Les continued to live in her apartment near the toxic rubble, unaware of the danger posed by the particulates in the air.
'The air was dreadful. We could smell the fires, they didn't go out until February, many months later, and the air quality was terrible, it smelt like burning plastic,' she told Daily Mail Australia.
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But the US Environmental Protection Agency claimed the air was safe and residents believed them.
The Australian couple stayed in New York for two years after the tragedy but the emotional torment of witnessing the attacks eventually took its toll and the pair returned to Sydney in 2003.
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'I saw the first plane hit and there was a lot of confusion and chaos. We thought it was an accident. Then I saw the second one hit. There were a lot of questions over what had happened.'
Ms Margulis and her husband were evacuated from their apartment for about five days before they were told it was safe to return.
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The months that followed felt as though they were living in a warzone with tanks parked in the street.
Ms Margulis was suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and could not leave her home alone.
'I was terrified, it was indescribable,' she said.
She returned to Australia with the hope...
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