The wife of an 18½-year U.S. Army veteran who’s on his death bed in New Bravos, Texas, is reaching out to Americans everywhere to ask that they fulfill his one last wish in life.
He wants to hear from you, from me, from everyone.
People who want to call or text should reach out between 2 and 6 p.m Arizona time, when he is most alert https://t.co/ClrwJOGVVw
— azcentral (@azcentral) July 13, 2017
Voice or text, it doesn’t matter which — he just wants to know that people care.
And really, when push comes to shove, that’s all anyone wants.
Lee Hernandez, 47, has undergone three brain surgeries but his body is still deteriorating and he continues to suffer from frequent strokes, according to AZ Central.
Doctors told Hernandez and his wife Ernestine that there is nothing more they can do except to try to make his final days more comfortable, and a big part of that comfort is to see that he’s happy.
Ernestine discovered that the thing that brightens Lee’s day the most is to hear from other people.
One day he asked her to hold onto his phone — “in case someone calls,” he said. When no one called after two hours, he told Ernestine, “I guess no one wants to talk to me.”
“It broke my heart,” Ernestine said. “(Lee’s) speech is not very well, so many people didn’t take much interest or want to talk to him.”
But it gave her an idea, and so she reached out — beginning with “Caregivers of Wounded Warriors.”
“They are an excellent support group of wives and ladies who know the struggles of what we go through,” Ernestine said.
Eventually word spread to other organizations, including Arizona Veterans Forum, which posted a call request on its Facebook page.
And the groups began responding with calls and texts.
“Thank you everyone for your calls and support. I am trying to give him the best life I am able to with the help of my mom,” Ernestine said.
If you’d like to brighten a hero’s day and make yourself feel good as well, call or text Lee at 210-632-6778
The strokes have left Lee blind, but Ernestine can read them to her husband.
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— Meghan Schalk (@P8TON18) July 14, 2017
Sent a text just now. Might forget tomorrow.
— Grant Montgomery 男✡️ (@gantaro47) July 14, 2017
Thank you, as well! It’s the least we can do for him. Phone is inundated; everything will eventually go through. Never leave a man behind!
— Vanessa (@NessaAdelaide) July 14, 2017
— Janey Mack (@JaneyMackWriter) July 14, 2017
I just did. One thing I told him, he has a prayer answered already.
His loving wife Ernestine.
— #Covfefe (((Dave))) (@Tcromboo) July 14, 2017
Ernestine added that sometimes they can’t answer the phone, because Lee is in an incredible amount of pain.
“The experience is very painful, but I wouldn’t have it any other way,” she said.
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