Before Army veteran Lee Hernandez dies from an illness that his doctors have been unable to identify, he wants to talk to you — yes, you!
As reported by The Arizona Republic, Hernandez’ dying wish is to simply communicate with the world. Nothing more. Nothing less.
Under hospice care at his home in Texas, the 47-year-old veteran’s body has deteriorated greatly over the past five years from continuous strokes have that have sapped his vision and cognitive abilities. The illness has left his doctors flabbergasted, unable to do much for Hernandez but simply make his remaining days as comfortable as possible.
Included among those trying to brighten up his final days has been his wife, Ernestine Hernandez, who was heartbroken when, after being asked to hold Hernandez’s phone “in case someone calls,” she stood by for two hours as nobody reached out to him.
“I guess no one wants to talk to me,” the ill veteran then told his wife.
“It broke my heart,” she called to the Republic. “(Hernandez’s) speech is not very well, so many people didn’t take much interest or want to talk to him.”
And so she decided to take action by reaching out to “Caregivers of Wounded Warriors,” which promptly shared Hernandez’s desire to talk with someone, anyone to the world:
🚨 🇺🇸️An Army veteran’s dying wish is to hear from you.. the Arizona Veterans Forum posted his last wish on… https://t.co/E7amcS21Fc
— Peni Basse (@pmbasse) July 14, 2017
What happened next is enough to make even the toughest, most battle-scared warrior shed a tear: The world answered Hernandez’s request in droves.
“(A) lot of people call to pray with him,” Ernestine Hernandez told the Republic. “It really uplifts him.”
Some simply text her husband, but because he’s blind, Ernestine must read the texts to him — not that she minds.
If you too would like to reach out to Hernandez, please call or text him at 210-632-6778 some time between 2 and 6 p.m., Arizona time (that’s Mountain Standard Time, because Arizona does not adhere to daylight saving time.) That’s when Hernandez is reportedly alert, despite the heavy pain medication he happens to be on.
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