A dying veteran's last wish: Text me

Glen Mclaughlin
July 16, 2017

Hernandez is blind, but text messages are welcome, and Ernestine will read them to him. Therefore, as his last wish, he wanted people - strangers - to give him a call or to send him a text. After almost two hours with no calls, Lee told his wife, "I guess no one wants to talk to me".

"Ernestine said his low spirits "broke my heart", adding, "[Lee's] speech is not very well, so many people didn't take much interest or want to talk with him".

Doctors can do nothing more for him except make him comfortable.

Ernestine made a decision to reach out to Caregivers of Wounded Warriors - a support group for partners of injured servicemen and women - to ask others to contact Lee and wish him well.

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

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The dying veteran served for 18 1/2 years in the military, including a tour of duty in Iraq. Please let Lee know that the veterans in Arizona are thinking of him! She described him as a "fighter" who has "beaten the odds and his strong will keeps him going". After just three days Lee was said to have received over 53,000 text messages and been inundated with calls from across the USA and even overseas. "It really lifts him up".

The post eventually went viral, and Lee has received hundreds of phone calls and text messages.

Ernestine suggests those who want to call or text should do so between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Below is his number, if you want to take 5 minutes out of your day tomorrow and call him I know it will brighten his day. "The experience is very painful, but I wouldn't have it any other way". Ernestine said that is when Lee is alert despite heavy pain medication.

Hernandez's wife, Ernestine, turned to the "Caregivers of Wounded Warriors" to help fulfill his wish, after he spent a disappointing afternoon at his Texas home waiting for his phone to ring.

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