Unfortunately in December, Lisa's husband Don Patrick contracted Covid-19 at work and Lisa caught it shortly afterward. The difficulty of caring for herself and both men became more than she could handle as she became severely ill just before Christmas and with a heavy heart found that Lee had begun showing symptoms. On Christmas Eve Lee was admitted to Gettysburg Hospital and found to be Covid-19 Positive. Dementia made it all but impossible for him to communicate and after talking with family briefly on Christmas Day, Lee no longer was answering the phone or talking. On De. 30 his insurance had him moved to Glen Burnie Health and Rehab where things went bad fast. On Jan. 4th he was taken to BWMC with pneumonia and his dementia was preventing him from being able to clear his airway. Family made the decision based on Lee's former wishes to not put him on a ventilator but to keep him comfortable and allow him to pass peacefully.
On January 5th, Lisa was able to visit him and found him alert and pleased after 10 days to see and hear a familiar face and voice. She was able to have him video chat with most of his family including 6 of his grandchildren saying his goodbyes to each one giving them words of love and peace and his signature wave of his fingers. He was moved to Hospice Care on Wednesday and passed away peacefully around 11:20 pm on Wednesday January 6th.
Lee did not have any life insurance and little funds available to cover his service and burial. The family has kept costs at a very minimum but needs help to pay for these expenses. Any amount is greatly appreciated. Thank you!
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