An Army veteran with a terminal illness has one last dying request: for anyone to pick up the phone and give him a call or send him a text.
Lee Hernandez, 47, is under hospice care in his home in New Braunfels, Texas, after having multiple strokes that affected his vision and cognitive abilities. His body is deteriorating despite several surgeries, the Arizona Republic reported.
Hernandez, an 18-year Army veteran who served one tour in Iraq, asked his wife Ernestine Hernandez to let him hold his phone, “in case someone calls,” according to a Facebook post on the Arizona Veterans Forum.
After two hours had passed, Lee told his wife: “I guess no one wants to talk to me.”
“It broke my heart,” Ernestine Hernandez told the Arizona Republic. “[Lee’s] speech is not very well, so many people didn’t take much interest or want to talk to him.”
Ernestine Hernandez reached out to “Caregivers of Wounded Warriors” to see if they would help spread the message of Lee Hernandez’s request.
After getting the word out, Lee has received a large influx of phone calls and text messages.
“A lot of people call to pray with him,” Ernestine said, adding that she reads the text messages out loud to him since he has lost his vision.
Lee Hernandez’s telephone number is 210-632-6778.
According to the Hernandez family, the best time to reach him is between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Central time.