Help needed for a dear friend

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Bill Wimberley
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Help needed for a dear friend

I just got off the phone with a very good friend of mine, Wally Westbrook. I met him years ago when I was living in Houston. He had just bought SoftPlan and was looking for someone to teach him how to use it. I don't remember how he got my name but we soon developed a great friendship.

Over the years we have worked on numerous projects together. We've taken vacations together. We've been there for each other when life throws us curve balls.

Wally used to be a big time builder. Much bigger than I could ever dream of being. He transformed what was a small community way outside of Houston into one of the best known planned communities in the nation. If you have ever been to The Woodlands, TX and toured around some of the large mansions there you probably saw some of his homes he built.

About 3 or 4 years before I met Wally he had a brain aneurysm. It came upon him suddenly and without warning. Wally was not expected to live. The doctors said that if he survived he would be a vegetable. But he proved them wrong and miraculously he had a full recovery. But it was a long hard struggle and in the process he lost his wife, his business, and all of his assets he had spent a lifetime accumulating.

But that was years ago. And life goes on.

About a month ago Wally went to the doctor to see about some swelling he was having in his legs. The doctor prescribed him some medicine and of course he took it as directed. Unfortunately, the medicine he was prescribed is not suppose to be taken by anyone who has any kind of kidney problems. Wally's medical records clearly stated that he had limited kidney function but apparently the doctor either didn't read his chart or didn't know about the possible complications.

Within a week Wally was in the hospital. The medicine had caused problems with his kidneys and he was bleeding internally. His blood pressure came within 5 points of being the lowest it can be without causing death. He was in the hospital for 2 weeks.

Now he is on numerous medications trying to prevent the total shut-down of his kidneys. But he doesn't have the money necessary to keep paying for all these medications until some sort of settlement can be reached with the doctor that caused all these problems in the first place. His medications are costing several hundred dollars a week just to keep him alive.

If anyone would like to help out with $5, $10, $100 or whatever you can afford I would greatly appreciate it. I'm not going to let a good man die just because he doesn't have the money for medications. I sent him $500 today but that will only carry him through a couple of weeks. I'll be sending more as I can afford it. Thank you all so much.

Wally Westbrook
29105 Cedarwood Dr.
Shenandoah, TX 77681

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