Woman Reunites With Guide Dog That Jumped in Front of School Bus to Save Her

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A blind woman who was struck by a school minibus while crossing a New York street over the summer says her goal for recovery was to bring home the guide dog that jumped in front of the bus to save her. 

Audrey Stone and Figo the dog were reunited at her Brewster home on Monday, after nearly four months of recuperation for both.

Stone and her golden retriever were together for more than six years before the crash in June. He was trained by the Guide Dog Foundation.

Witnesses say Figo leaped between Stone and the oncoming bus, then wouldn't leave her side once both were hit. Police said the dog took most of the blow; authorities said at the time his leg was cut to the bone and he had surgery.

Stone, 62, suffered a broken ankle, elbow and ribs and a head wound.

For his courage, Figo won the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' Dog of the Year award.

The driver who hit them said he didn't see the pair crossing the road. He was given a summons for failing to yield to a pedestrian. The two kindergarteners on the bus weren't injured.

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