A man who suffered a fatal heart attack while waiting for his ex-girlfriend to die in a Texas hospital was allowed to use his own money to pay for his own funeral.
The funeral of 28-year-old Joshua J. Hanks was postponed for two months because he had not paid for the funeral home to handle the burial.
He was laid to rest in the Houston cemetery on Friday.
Hanks, who had battled multiple health issues, had spent months in the intensive care unit at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.
After a failed liver transplant, he died at a Texas Memorial Hospital.
He was 44.
His ex-lover, who is now his legal guardian, had been unable to pay the bill.
The hospital paid the funeral bill for the deceased on Jan. 17, but not until Feb. 1, said Stephanie Stover, a spokeswoman for the hospital.
It has since been reimbursed for $12,000, she said.
“It’s an amazing miracle and a wonderful opportunity for the family to share the joy of Josh’s passing with the entire community,” Stover said in a statement.