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Family friend helps girl with rare condition

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AGAWAM, MA (WSHM) -

This holiday season Larissa Nigro, of Agawam, thought of her friend of the last 20 years, Wendy Hartmann, and Hartmann's 7-year-old daughter Zoe.

"My friend, Wendy, has been struggling with her daughter who has complex regional pain syndrome, she was just diagnosed a couple months ago," Nigro said.

CRPS occurs when nerves in a part of the body don't send the proper signals to the brain.

In Zoe's case, she was unable to walk or move her foot months after she sprained ankle.

Zoe and her mom went to several doctors in Western Mass who couldn't give an answer as to what was wrong.

At Boston Children's Hospital they met some of the best doctors in the world and realized Zoe needed intensive physical therapy multiple times a week.

Twice a week, every week, Hartmann drives Zoe nearly 100 miles to Boston.

The family has a lot of co-pays as well as high gas bills.

So Nigro called CBS 3 Springfield to Pay it Forward to Zoe and her family.

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