Hernandez has continuous strokes that have taken away his vision and impaired his cognitive abilities.
Doctors aren't sure what caused his illness, and they believe that all that can be done for him now is to make him as comfortable as possible. Hernandez's speech is failing and he can no longer see.
Facing a frightening future, the 18-year USA veteran - who served a tour in Iraq - one day asked his wife to hold onto his phone "in case someone calls".
Ernestine reads the messages to Lee who is thankful for the support.
His story tugged the heartstrings of so many people he is also now being provided with a service dog and cleaning service, a post on the Arizona Veterans Forum said. Text messages could be sent to the same number. The volume of calls has actually forced Ernestine to request people just text and not call. Nevertheless, Ernestine said her husband is a "fighter" and has "beaten the odds and his strong will keeps him going".
Despite the circumstances, Ernestine discovered a simple but meaningful way to brighten Lee's day: phone calls and text messages from others.
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.
The 47-year-old has been battling health issues for five years but hit "rock bottom" more than a year ago. I do not know all the details, BUT what I do know is his wife told me he asked to hold his phone and when she asked why he said, "incase someone calls".
"The experience is very painful", Lee said. Ernestine Hernandez said the best time to make contact is during the late afternoon or early evening, Central Daylight Time, the Republic reported.
Ernestine took matters into her own hands, contacting a support group to help drum up some phone calls.