A grandfather from West Roxbury survived a tour of combat in Vietnam, but he has been helpless to rescue his son from years of medical problems – the most recent of which have left the 37-year-old hospitalized and in need of a heart transplant.
He has been able to help take care of his granddaughter while her dad is in the hospital, however, and he recently wrote to Globe Santa for help in providing the 4-year-old girl with Christmas presents this year.
“I am a disabled Vietnam veteran with my own problems, but my son’s have been a lot worse,” he wrote. |
“Five years ago, at age 32, he underwent a heart transplant. But last summer, that heart began to fail.”
Always a hard-worker, the young man must now rely on disability payments that are a fraction of what he was earning in his job at a Boston-area college, the grandfather wrote.
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