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Local woman out of family photos while company goes bankrupt


A mother of four is fighting a nationwide photo studio to get important family pictures taken before she had amputation surgery.

Since 2006, Elizabeth Herrera has been battling synovial sarcoma – a rare form of cancer usually found in the arm, neck and leg.
To save her life, Herrera had to undergo amputation surgery on April 2nd to remove her right arm in order to stop the cancer from spreading.

"It's been very depressing," Hererra said. "Like, I'm supposed to go talk to a therapist, and they've got me on depression pills, and I'm not ok."
Before her surgery, Herrera, her husband, and their four children went to a photo studio in the Sears store at the Richland Mall in Waco to take some family pictures. 

Herrera says she wanted to have one last family photo before she had the surgery.
"I mean it was the only pictures we had with the little baby, my two-year-old, and it was going to be the last pictures that I was going to have holding my kids with both my arms before it was gone," Hererra said.
The photo studio that took the pictures, CPI Corporation, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on May 1 shutting down all of their studios across the United States, and despite having already paid for the photos, Herrera was told that she would not be receiving her pictures.
They instead offered her a refund in place of the pictures, but because of the sentimental value of the pictures, Herrera says she doesn't want the money, she just wants the last photos she will ever have holding her children with both of her arms.
"The best outcome is getting my pictures," Hererra said. "That's all I care about. I want those pictures. You know, it's the last pictures that we have with both of my arms with my kids in it, and those
pictures mean the world to me."

We tried to contact CPI Corporation, but were unable to find any contact information on their web site, and Sears says that all they can do is give Hererra a full refund for her pictures.

We are told that the pictures are stored on a disc, but the disc is missing still leaving Hererra without her pictures.

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