Paralyzed Edinburg woman gets donation

A La Joya woman donated a wheelchair to a paralyzed mother featured on Action 4 News.

Our cameras were rolling when Anna Valdez brought the important piece of medical equipment to an Edinburg hospital where Sylvia Tena is a patient.

She TMs been there since April following a spinal cord injury she reportedly received during turbulence while on a Continental flight.

Her daughter Cynthia Herrera was outside the hospital to receive her mother TMs new wheelchair.

"This woman is like angels to us... just coming down and giving us all these things we need, she said.

Valdez did not want her company to be identified but said she knew she had to help after watching the story air on Action 4 News.

We TMve also got a bed and diapers coming as well, added Valdez.

In all Valdez is donating thousands of dollars worth of medical equipment and supplies to Sylvia Tena who has no insurance and medical bills said to be ballooning to more than half a million dollars.

Valdez hopes others can find it in their hearts to help too.

"If there's anybody out there who can donate their time, used materials... At least to get a ramp going at her home."

That ramp is needed to provide easier wheelchair access through the front door.

But that TMs not the only obstacle in the family TMs way.

Herrera showed Action 4 News areas all through their home that need either upgrades or complete remodeling work for her mother to be able to safely navigate.

"I ran out of options... the hospital said they're going to bring her home like this tomorrow...," she said.

And while time is running out Herrera said she TMll never forget the support from the community either with donations or prayers and added how our station leading the charge made it all happen.

"We're so proud of Action 4 News," said Herrera.