Army veteran seeks phone calls and texts as dying wish

Faith Castro
July 15, 2017

Therefore, as his last wish, he wanted people - strangers - to give him a call or to send him a text.

According to a post on Facebook, Lee Hernandez is terminally ill and now receiving hospice care in his Texas home.

The doctors have been unable to pinpoint what exactly has caused Hernandez's illness, and said the only thing they can do is make him as comfortable as possible. Despite suffering through intense pain, Lee Hernandez asked his wife to hold on to his phone "in case someone calls".

According to an interview with AZCentral, Lee's wife Ernestine says her husband is blind and he feels as though his declining cognitive abilities have deterred supporters and friends from placing a call.

When no one did for two hours, he said "I guess no one wants to talk to me".

His wife, Ernestine, learned that text messages and phone calls make her husband, who spent 18 years in the Army and did a tour in Iraq, light up.

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An Army veteran with a terminal illness has a simple request as his dying wish: to hear from people via phone call and text message.

The goal, the initial post said, is to let Lee know people are thinking of him.

His wife Ernestine Hernandez made a decision to do something about it and contacted Caregivers of Wounded Warriors. Though she said he hit "rock bottom" a year ago, he has "beaten the odds and his strong will keeps him going".

"Thank you, everyone, for your calls and support". The best time to reach him is between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. EST, because that's when he's most alert.

The phone number to reach Hernandez 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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