Army veteran wishes strangers to text him as his last wish

Credit Michelle Fawbush‎ via Arizona Veterans Forum

After no one called for two hours, Lee Hernandez, 47, told his wife, Ernestine, "I guess no one wants to talk to me".

Lee Hernandez, 47, is under hospice auto in New Braunfels, Texas, where he has suffered continuous strokes that have caused his vision and cognitive abilitites to start shutting down. Ernestine took matters into her own hands, contacting a support group to help drum up some phone calls.

"It broke my heart", wife Ernestine told the Arizona Republic.

It is not such a big deal to send Lee a supportive message in these hard moments, especially considering he served his country for a lot of years.

Hernandez asked his wife to hold his phone one day, just "in case someone calls".

Some posted screenshots of reactions they had gotten to their text messages to Lee Hernandez.

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

She reached out to "Caregivers of Wounded Warriors" to spread Lee's request. Doctors have been unable to diagnose his illness, and have said all they can do is make him comfortable. Please let Lee know that the veterans in Arizona are thinking of him! She said that it's best to reach out between 2 and 6 p.m. Ernestine describes his husband as a fighter that has "beaten the odds".

The strokes have left Lee blind, but Ernestine can read them to her husband. Ever since the veterans group shared his story on Facebook, Hernandez's phone has been inundated with text messages and phone calls. "I am trying to give him the best life I am able to with the help of my mom", Ernestine said.

The phone number to reach the Hernandezes is 210-632-6778.

"Thank you everyone for your calls and support, " she told The Arizona Republic.

Ernestine says that if he doesn't respond, it's simply because he's in too much pain.

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