Sunday, July 16, 2017

Dying Army Veteran Asking For Texts & Phone Calls

An Army veteran with a terminal illness has a final wish that we can all help with.

It doesn't require much effort on our part but would make a world of difference to a man who served his country.

He wants us, you, to send him text messages or give him a call.

Lee Hernandez, who is under hospice care at his home in New Braunfels, Texas, has continuous strokes that have affected his vision and cognitive abilities. The 47-year-old’s body is deteriorating despite three brain surgeries, according to his wife, Ernestine Hernandez.

Doctors have not been able to pinpoint a cause for Lee’s illness and said there is nothing more they can do but make him comfortable.

Despite the circumstances, Ernestine discovered a simple but meaningful way to brighten Lee’s day: phone calls and text messages from others.

The request came after Lee asked his wife to hold onto his phone one day “in case someone calls.” After nearly two hours with no calls, Lee told his wife, “I guess no one wants to talk to me.”

Lee was wrong.

“It broke my heart,” said Ernestine. “(Lee’s) speech is not very well, so many people didn’t take much interest or want to talk to him.”

She reached out to “Caregivers of Wounded Warriors” to spread Lee’s request. “They are an excellent support group of wives and ladies who know the struggles of what we go through," Ernestine said.

Lee is an 18½-year Army veteran who served a tour in Iraq.

People who want to call or text Lee should reach out in the evening hours, ideally between 4 and 8 p.m Texas time. Ernestine said that is when Lee is alert despite heavy pain medication.

According to KENS5-TV, the phone number to reach the Hernandezes is 210-632-6778.

Ernestine adds that if they don’t answer the phone every time, it’s not that they don’t care, but some days Lee is in an incredible amount of pain.

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