Our dad, Anthony Moreno would never ask for anyone's help; so we are reaching out to you for him. Right now he is stuck in terrible conditions, in a medically fragile condition, sleeping on the hallway floor of an overcrowded nursing home shelter in Port Arthur Texas; in the center of the Hurricane Harvey aftermath. He needs our help and we need yours.
We would like to share with you a little on how he got here. On Father's Day, a week after his 83rd birthday, our dad who lives alone collapsed in his kitchen due to a heat stroke. We don't know how long he was on the floor unconscious before our aunt miraculously found him and called for an ambulance. He was in critical condition when we flew to Texas to see him and quite honestly, we were afraid we might lose him. With all of his daughters by his side, he came out of his coma-like state and slowly but surely began his recovery and was released from the ICU. He got out and went to a skilled nursing/rehabilitation center to began his journey to life before the stroke.
We all decided to bring him home to California for further care. I flew out again to pick him up but found him in a severely ill condition. He could not travel this way and in fact ended up in the emergency room, and in turn, back in rehabilitation. Here is when Harvey hit and flooded his entire home town of Port Arthur, Texas. As many of you are aware, the entire city of Port Arthur was under water with many homes in waist-high waters. For almost an entire day we did not know the whereabouts of our dad; whether the staff had evacuated the patients or if they were stuck inside. By the grace of God, he was OK and was rescued by boat to safety by the US Coast Guard and taken to a different facility with literally just the clothes on his back.
My dad has always been a very proud and independent man. While he was in the hospital, he was already attempting to pay his regular bills. Our sweet dad, he could barely even write but he was trying hard to keep up with his responsibilities and those of his beloved home near the seawall. However, as things have gotten worse, it hasn't worked out so well. His medical bills are climbing, he may have potentially lost his home (we don't know the severity yet as no one can reach his house due to streets being inaccessible) and we don't want him to stress off of this when he needs to focus on getting out to safety and back to good health.
We would love to be able to share with him just how loved and cared for he is by sharing with him that we raised money to help him. I believe this would lift his spirit and help him heal, as he has been through so much...
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for reading this and for considering donating to our dad.
With love, hope, gratitude and prayers,
The Moreno daughters- Lisa, Norma, & Yolanda
(Or as our dad calls us "Tony's Angels")
Here is my dad just after they evacuated him out of the flooded rehabilitation center.
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