"It broke my heart, " Ernestine told The Arizona Republic. Hernandez's speech is failing and he can no longer see. She said that people who want to call or text Hernandez should reach out in the evening at 210-632-6778.
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 the post calling for other veterans to give Hernandez a call, Hernandez and his wife have been inundated with calls.
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. "I do not know all the details, but what I do know is his wife told me he asked [her] to hold his phone and when she asked why he said 'in case someone calls'". This wish comes after Lee told his wife, Ernestine Hernandez, one day to hold his phone just in case someone made a decision to call him. "It really uplifts him". They say there is nothing money can do to ameliorate his condition, though they want him to feel as comfortable as possible.
So Ernestine Hernandez set out to prove her husband wrong.
In a video posted on her Facebook page on Friday, Lee can be heard saying: "Thank you all for your text messages and phone calls, and for thinking of me and supporting me".
"Thank you, everyone, for your calls and support", Ernestine said. "I am trying to give him the best life I am able to with the help of my mom", Ernestine said.
The 47-year-old veteran has been fighting this inexplicable illness for five years, but he hit "rock bottom" about a year ago.