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Blind Orphan From Rwanda Finds New Home In North Texas

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FRISCO- Music has always been John Hope Singleton's passion.

As a baby in Rwanda, John and his mother were struck by lightning. His mother died and he was left blind.

His grandmother was the only family he had left, but she couldn’t take care of John and his medical needs.

“She took me to the orphanage among 600 other kids and I lived there since I was 7 months old,” John said.

As the years passed, John got to meet missionaries who came to the orphanage. In 2012, Missionary Amie Singleton had an instant connection with John, who was 18 years old at the time.

“There was something really special about John and I was just sort of drawn to him,” Amie said.

She worked tirelessly to get John to the states and get him the medical care he needed. When she finally got him to Texas their bond only got stronger.

“When he called me mom, it just felt right,” Amie told Newsfix.

Now taking music lessons at Rock and Bach Music School in Frisco, John has taken his love for music to the next level. With the help of his new mom, he has started a non-profit group to help other blind kids back in Rwanda.

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