Texas Army veteran's dying wish is to hear from you


Lee Hernandez is in hospice care in his home.

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.

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. Lee Hernandez asked his wife to hold his phone one day "in case someone calls", the Republic reported.

His wife, Ernestine Hernandez, says her husband became so despondent after a lapse in communication that he felt like "no one wants to talk to me", according to USA Today.

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Ernestine said she reads the messages to Lee, who's now blind from his health issues, and responds to as many as she can for him.

After two hours, Hernandez received no calls.

The dying veteran served for 18 1/2 years in the military, including a tour of duty in Iraq.

Ernestine says her husband's body is deteriorating despite three brain surgeries.

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After the post calling for other veterans to give Hernandez a call, Hernandez and his wife have been inundated with calls.

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

Hearing that, Ernestine new she had to act. "They are an excellent support group of wives and ladies who know the struggles of what we go through", Ernestine said. "(Lee's) speech is not very well, so many people didn't take much interest or want to talk to him". Though she said he hit "rock bottom" a year ago, he has "beaten the odds and his strong will keeps him going".

She calls Lee a "fighter, and says "a lot of people call to pray with him". They request that supporters call between 2-6 p.m., and that if they don't answer it's because Hernandez is in pain.

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"Thank you everyone for your calls and support".