A family is in mourning as Patty Hernandez, who was Blac Chyna's assistant, has passed away after a lengthy health battle.
This is heartbreaking news from those hoping that she would pull through. She is survived by her three children.
Her grieving family is reportedly planning to sue Chyna for wrongful death.
Lorena "Patty" Hernandez suffered a brain hemorrhage back in January at a salon that Blac Chyna owns in Encino.
She was placed on life support. Friends and loved ones have surrounded her, and donations have poured in to her GoFundMe to help with her medical care -- and to assist her children.
Unfortunately, it was not enough, as this week's grim update to her GoFundMe page reveals.
"Hello Everyone it is with a heavy heart that I would like to share that this morning May 14 Patty was pronounced Brain Dead after a 3rd bleed and will have to be disconnected."
Absolutely heartbreaking. For everyone, but especially for her children.
"We ask you keep our family in prayer during this difficult time."
Just months ago, there had appeared to be good news -- that she was at least able to breathe on her own. But setbacks can happen. This is devastating.
The GoFundMe for Patty Hernandez has raised $33,000 out of the $50,000 goal.
The text of the page explains Patty's condition.
"Patty is a loving and dedicated mother of three children (Nathan 13, Raul 12 and Madison 7) and just as loving and dedicated to the rest of her family."
No health crisis or death is easy to read about, but ... it's always harder when they have children.
"On July of 2017 life changed for Patty, she suffered a stroke that left her partially blind, after several tests, the doctors diagnosed her with a brain AVM 'Arteriovenous Malformation' that was present since birth."
That means that some of her blood vessels aren't formed properly, and are more prone to bleeding. That's a problem anywhere, but much worse in the brain.
"A brain AVM is a tangled of abnormal and poorly formed blood vessels (arteries and veins) that have a higher rate of bleeding than normal well-formed vessels."
And it also made it very difficult to treat.
"Due the location of her AVM, a surgery was not possible and her only option for a treatment was radiation therapy, a therapy that takes 2 years to be effective."
Meaning that she would have another two years for the damage to continue.
"Yet even radiation therapy does not guarantee her AVM to not rupture causing a head hemorrhage (a bleeding in the brain)."
Cerebral hemorrhages are scary and serious.
"What complicated her condition even more was that Patty was also pregnant. Doctors advised a pregnancy termination, but due to the fact that doctors were not guaranteeing her health, she decided to proceed with the pregnancy."
That must have been an agonizingly difficult decision. She had three children depending upon her, but that was her choice.
"Despite the complication her AVM produced which included: severe headaches, dizziness, a higher risk pregnancy, and stress rupturing a brain vein."
Additionally, Patty could not take medical advice with respect to her job.
"The doctors advised her to not work, but that was not an option for Patty who had her 3 children depending on her for financial security."
The GoFundMe medical description does not name-drop anyone, but Blac Chyna was her employer.
"On December 18, 2017 Patty suffered a severe head bleed that left her unconscious, and she was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where she was in the ICU, in whee they preceded to treat her head hemorrhage by draining the blood flooding in her brain."
"After a CAT scan and a couple of days, Patty was finally stable and doctors advised to terminate her pregnancy, therefore; lowering the chances of another head bleed which would leave her permanently disabled or dead."
She wanted to be there for her children.
"Patty's pregnancy was sadly terminated on December 28, 2017."
Unfortunately, some things cannot be prevented -- only delayed.
"On January 11, 2018 she had a seizure which caused her brain to bleed again, this time the bleed was of a stronger magnitude and left Patty in a state of coma."
In our broken healthcare system, medical debt is the leading cause of personal bankruptcy. And she also has children for whom to care.
"We are asking for your help to cover Patty's medical expenses and to help her children in this very unfortunate time of need."
"Thank you for reading and thank you in advance for your donations. In a moment like this, any contribution makes a difference."
Among the many donations were some large ones, left by celebrities.
Tyga was the first to donate, dropping $5,000. Robert Kardashian donated $10,000 in two separate installments.
Even Jeffree Star donated $10,000.
Patty's family is reportedly planning to sue Blac Chyna for wrongful death.
There are allegations that Chyna abused her -- the specifics of which are unknown -- and failed to provide worker's compensation.
Patty's family is grieving, and will donate her organs.
Rest in power, Patty.