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Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

Army veteran's dying wish: Call or text me

Army veteran's dying wish: Call or text me

Hernandez's wife, Ernestine Hernandez, told the Arizona Republic all he wants to do is talk to people.

According to a post on Facebook, Lee Hernandez is terminally ill and now receiving hospice care in his Texas home. Ernestine took matters into her own hands, contacting a support group to help drum up some phone calls.

"It broke my heart", said Ernestine. The 47-year-old's body is deteriorating despite three brain surgeries, according to his wife, Ernestine Hernandez.

The request came after Lee asked his wife to hold onto his phone one day "in case someone calls".

He served in the army for 18 and a half years, according to KRON, including a tour in Iraq. After just three days Lee was said to have received over 53,000 text messages and been inundated with calls from across the U.S. and even overseas.

But all of that changed when Hernandez's wife reached out to Caregivers of Wounded Warriors.

Doctors can do nothing more for him except make him comfortable. Last week the Arizona Veterans Forum posted Lee's request on their Facebook page; and soon, Lee found out that he was wrong. Ernestine describes his husband as a fighter that has "beaten the odds". Ernestine reads him text messages and cards, because her husband is blind at this point. "Thank you all for your text messages and your phone calls, and for thinking of me and supporting me", he said.

Anyone wanting to lift Lee's spirits is asked to call between the hours of 2 p.m.to 6 p.m. Ernestine Hernandez told Arizona Central they've had an influx of calls, many of them from fellow veterans.

"Thank you everyone for your calls and support, " she told The Arizona Republic. "I am trying to give him the best life I am able to with the help of my mom", she said.

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

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