Woman recovering from liver transplant forced out of home after hailstorm

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COMMERCE CITY, Colo. -- Hail damage forced a Commerce City veteran and his wife, who recently had a liver transplant, out of their rented home.

"The ceiling collapsed a complete collapse of the whole ceiling after the hailstorm from last [week]," Paul Alva said.

What's left of Paul and Pam Alva's rental home is now caked with debris.

"It smells like mold, pure mold," he said.

His wife is fresh out of the ICU after receiving a life-saving liver transplant. But he said the landlord was unwilling to help and instead told them to move out because the property is a total loss.

"My heart is broken for my wife more than anything. She's been suffering so long and then to have to go through this, and then make her move," Paul Alva said.

Most of their belongings were destroyed when the ceiling collapsed during the storm, which their daughter captured on cellphone video.

"There was nowhere to go, just nowhere to go,” Paul Alva said as he watched the water pouring down the walls and ceiling.

The Army veteran said he warned the landlord about previous damage after an earlier storm.

"It could have been avoided by fixing it a long time ago when I first told him about it instead of just letting it go and then have this happen again and then for him to ignore it," Paul Alva said.

"(Saturday), he told me I had to find another place to live and that was the end of that."

The landlord said he agreed to pay for a motel for five nights but has no further responsibility.

"We just paid him all of our rent money so we're on a fixed income we can't afford anything else," Paul Alva said.

The couples' adult children say they're worried about their mother.

"Her recovery is No. 1 right now,” Alyssa Alva said. “And she's not even able to be comfortable during it."

"Any help, any resources or avenues anybody can suggest to us or throw our way is greatly appreciated," said their son Paul Sisneros.

"We're not asking for nothing fancy. We just want it fixed,” Paul Alva said.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family.

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