The president and his son fulfilled the Connecticut man's wish and all it took was a phone call and some help from his sister, an elected democrat.
President Donald Trump and his son Eric Trump helped fulfill a dying man's wish earlier this week. The terminally ill man claims to be a huge supporter of the president and stood by him through thick and thin. 44-year-old Jay Barrett, of West Haven, is suffering from cystic fibrosis. He left a hospital to begin palliative care at his sister's home last weekend and asked for some sort of contact with the president before he dies. The president and his son made sure to make the man's dying wish come true. After Barrett opened up to his sister regarding what he wanted, she tried everything in her power to make it happen. Barrett's sister is Bridgette Hoskie, West Haven City's Councilwoman, who describes herself to be a "100 percent Democrat". She took to social media to reach out to the president and with a little help from friends and other supporters managed to knock on the doors of the White House.
Hoskie, with the help of her friends and supporters, sent multiple emails to the White House and its online petition system in order to make Jay Barrett's last wish come true. Their efforts finally paid off on Tuesday night when the patient received a surprise call from the president's office. As reported by Fox News, Hoskie handed Barrett the phone and he received an understated greeting, “I’m the secretary for the president of the United States. Do you have time to talk to him?” Barrett was thrilled at hearing this and instantly agreed to talk to the man he had been waiting to speak to all his life.
"Alright Jay, you look handsome to me. I just saw a picture of you.” Trump began, in a video of the call posted to YouTube. Barrett responded, "Oh, you're giving me kind honors. I look like sh--." That prompted Trump to laugh and ask, "How are you doing? How is it going Jay? ... You’re a champ. You’re fighting it right?" "That’s what the Irish do -- right?” Barrett answered, to which Trump responded saying, "Yeah that’s what the Irish do -- you better believe it." Jay was said to be ecstatic when he got to know that the president had agreed to talk to him. He couldn't believe it was actually happening.
Democrat sister? Heartwarming, because at the end of the day we're all Americans!— Phase III Justice (@Genuine1mpostor) March 6, 2019
"Mr. President, through thick and thin, you know there's been a lot of thicks, and there's been a lot of thins, I support you," Barrett told the president. “I wish you could come to a rally. I wish you could come," said Trump. "I know you like that stuff and I wish you could. ... It sounds like you have a great sister, Jay.” The president further promised Barrett that when the next rally was held nearby, he would give Jay a seat in the center of the front row. President Trump told Barrett that he knew how much he loved rallies and knew where Barrett lived. He mentioned that he was very familiar with the place.
what an amazing thing to be be called by the President @realDonaldTrump unfortunately cystic fibrosis is very complicated I wish him my best! 💜 stay strong— stacey lewis-stein (@smstein39) March 6, 2019
The President made Barrett's day when he told him, "You're my kind of man Jay. I'm very proud of you." Barrett expressed his wish to visit Washington D.C. The president concluded the call by telling Jay how proud he was of him. In the middle of their conversation, the President said, “You’re a champ, you know that? You’re going to fight that, right?” In the end, the president said, "I'll talk to you again, Jay, OK? You keep that fight going. We both fight." The talk with the president inspired Jay to continue his battle and not give up until the very end.
Barrett told the New Haven Register that he also received calls from Eric Trump and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development regional chief Lynne Patton on Monday. They spoke to Barrett and told him that they were praying for him. Patton, who is from New Haven, even mentioned that she was going to come down over the weekend and give Barrett a signed gift from the President. Barrett, who for most of his life considered himself an independent, said he'd voted for President Barack Obama in 2008 but didn't like many of his policies, including the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare. He mentioned that he came to realize that he was a Republican after Trump's first campaign. He completely stands by the President's policies.
The conversation between the president and Barrett was recorded by his sister and posted online. My sister just replayed the phone call from President Trump and it (just) hit me that I had a conversation with the President and he said I looked good and I said, who are you kidding I look like s—t! Barrett wrote on Facebook. He was mesmerized after he received the call from president Donald Trump. Barrett left the hospital on Sunday to begin palliative care at his sister’s home. The American Thoracic Society estimates that about 30,000 people live with cystic fibrosis in the U.S.
Cystic fibrosis is a life-shortening, genetic disease of the mucus and sweat glands. The main areas affected by this disease are the lungs, pancreas, liver, and intestines. The mucus causes clogging in the lungs that makes it very difficult for the patients to breath. The clogging further spreads bacteria into the patient's system. The diseases cause body fluids like digestive juices to become thick and sticky which, in turn, plugs up the tubes, ducts, and passageways. Symptoms vary and can include cough, repeated lung infections, inability to gain weight, and fatty stools.
Jay Barrett was absolutely blown away after he got to speak to the president. The doctors suggest that Barrett only has six more months to live. However, he believes that he will be present for the elections that are to take place in 2020.