AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Forest Trail Elementary School community is stepping up to support one of their longtime custodians, Albino Hernandez.

Hernandez is in the hospital fighting for his life, battling COVID-19 and its complications. Over the last two months, Hernandez has had to be hospitalized at three different hospitals.

“We were just seeing that he wasn’t getting better and when they gave us a chance to see him, they were like, ‘OK, well I guess we just need to get ready for the worst,’” said Vivi Hernandez, one of Hernandez’s daughters.

At present, Hernandez is slowly recovering. He remains on dialysis, a ventilator and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation or ECMO, a life support machine. His family remains hopeful.

“There has been progress,” said Janie Hernandez, another of Hernandez’s daughter. “Little progress, but there is progress.”

“I know that God is working on him,” Vivi said, holding back tears.

Once recovered, the family will have to pay for additional in-home care doctors have said Hernandez will need. They will also have to pay for hospital bills insurance will not cover following a change in coverage that caused the families some issues.

“Again, that was just something that I was like, ‘OK, well, if I have to work extra hours, I have to work extra hours,’” Janie Hernandez explained.

That’s when Hernandez’s work-family jumped into action.

“Everybody in the school, everybody in the whole community wanted to know what they could do to help,” said Sarah Culpepper Chen, a former Eanes ISD teacher and Hernandez’s former co-worker said.

She started a GoFundMe and has raised over $30,000.

The family said they’re overwhelmed by the love and support, and so is Hernandez.

“When we were talking to him, I know he heard us because he had tears in his eyes,” Vivi said. “‘Look

Several celebrities have spent massive amounts of money on their pets — and Oprah Winfrey is one of them.

Over the years, the famed talk show host hasn’t shied away from expressing her unconditional love for her loyal pups. And seeing that they are the loves of her life, the media mogul wants to make sure they are well taken care of if anything were to happen to her. This is why she has a massive trust fund set up for her beloved pups.

Oprah Winfrey
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How many dogs does Oprah have?

Oprah’s had over 20 dogs throughout the years.

Longtime fans will likely remember one special pup who rarely left Oprah’s side: her beloved cocker spaniel Sophie who sadly died in 2008.

“One of my greatest teachers is my dog, Sophie,” Oprah said during a 2014 episode of Oprah’s Life Class. “Sophie lived for 13 years and came to work with me every day. Was there for every show, was backstage at the Oscars, at the Emmys, was waiting in the car if I went to the gynecologist.”

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Oprah showers her dogs with an abundance of love, which they give right back to her.

“Over the years, I have felt the truest, purest love — the love of God, really, I imagine that’s what God’s love feels like — is the love that comes from your dog,” the media mogul shared.

Today, Oprah has five fur babies — including golden retrievers Luke and Layla, cocker spaniel Sadie, and springer spaniels Sunny and Lauren.

Oprah’s canines have a huge trust fund set aside for them

Because she absolutely loves her dogs, Oprah has taken the necessary steps to ensure they