Abby Fink, of Arizona, thought she’d sent a text message to a church friend, Alex Jakeman, “Hey brother Jakeman, this is sister Fink, we are bringing you dinner tomorrow I was wondering what time would be a good time to bring it over,” the text read. Alex Jakeman and family have been spending time in the ICU looking after 4-year-old, Noah, who is fighting for his life. The boy suffered from a seizure and was vomiting and going through respiratory failure. Noah has Lennox Gasteau Syndrome, which is a severe type of epilepsy and cerebral palsy. He has brittle bones, abnormal brain development, autism and is non-verbal and unable to walk around on his own, his mother said. As anyone who has had to care for a sick loved one in hospital knows; finding time away for food can be difficult.
But the message never got to the Jakeman family. It landed on the phone of a different person. An individual, named Bill, who texted back, “Oh what are you bringing me, I don’t like seafood.” A bit of a lark with a wrong number. Naturally, Fink didn’t know what was going on. “I was confused at first because the reaction I got from him was not one of someone with a child in the ICU,” Fink said. But once the situation was explained Bill’s attitude changed from one of amusement to one of caring and concern. He asked how he could get involved. Then, after some coordination, Bill started raising money on Facebook and asked his network for blood donations and monetary donations to help the family with medical expenses. Bill also wanted people to send Noah cards and gifts so that when the boy woke up, he could “see himself surrounded in love from the community.”
Bill said he isn’t a religious person, but believes that “all we have is each other, so it’s our job to look out for each other.” Fink said she believed there was more to it, “I told him he was an angel,” Fink said. “Sent to help this sweet family.”
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Story and Image from CNN.