BUFFALO, NY -- On July 31, 2010 there was a terrible accident. Channel Two Reporter, Mary Friona's daughter was severely injured. She was rushed by Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. Her injuries were severe. Her femoral artery was severed and her femur was shattered. Doctors saved Maria's life and her leg.
It was a long recovery and Maria developed a nerve disorder called Reflex Sympathy Dystrophy or RSD. RSD is a neuropathic disorder that causes a non-stop pain cycle. Maria was taken to Boston's Children's Hospital where she spent months before being released to an outpatient rehabilitation center in Waltham, MA. Maria endured countless hours of therapy and in the end, took the steps doctors weren't sure she ever would.
Maria is doing well now and is very happy. Maria is getting around very well. She is playing the sports she loves and is back in school full time. Maria wanted to share her story in order to help others.
Mary, Maria and their family wanted to let everyone know about RSD. There is a local walk for RSD that a young girl who suffers from the disorder is bringing to Western New York. The walk will be held at Delaware Park's Ring Road on Saturday, May 26th at 11:30 a.m.
For more information on the disorder you can visit www.rsds.org