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Flight attendant offers boost to woman with rare illness

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Jodi Nortman is grateful for the help that her community has offered to her and her family. (KTEN) Jodi Nortman is grateful for the help that her community has offered to her and her family. (KTEN)

SOUTHMAYD, Texas -- The wife of a Southmayd police officer is getting help in her battle with a rare illness.

Jodi Nortman has median arcuate ligament syndrome (MALS), treatable by only one doctor in the United States, who works in Connecticut.

After learning about Nortman's story, Southwest Airlines flight attendant Amber Bunch reached out to her to help get her to that surgeon halfway across the continent.

"I actually was able to empathize with her because I, too, have an invisible illness, so I wanted to reach out and help," Bunch explained.

She gave Wood and her family a coupon for 20 percent off flights so her family can join her for the surgery that's currently scheduled for May. 

"Overwhelming. Truly overwhelming," Nortman said. "It's meant a lot to all of us in our family."

She said she and her husband had initially been reluctant to admit that they were in a situation that stretched their resources.

"I've been getting letters and Bible verses and notes from perfect strangers telling me to hang in there, and it's helped a lot," Nortman said.

A GoFundMe campaign for the family has already raised $2,805 of its $3,000 goal.

"We live in one of the best communities we've ever been at," Nortman said. "Our friends stepping up and taking care of our kids and helping us out has been nice ... we really, really appreciate it, and it means a lot."

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