The Implantable Artificial Heart Project
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Laman A. Gray, Jr., M.D.
Robert D. Dowling, M.D.

Robert L. Tools

Robert (Bob) Tools Benefit Fund

For people who would like to make contributions to the family of Mr. Tools, a benefit account has been opened in his hometown of Franklin, Kentucky at Integra Bank. Following is information regarding the account.

Organizer: Marie Buchanan
Friend of Family

Bank: Integra Bank
Franklin, Kentucky
Darla Knight

Contributions: Integra Bank
P.O. Box 617
Franklin, KY 42135
Attn: Robert Tools Benefit Account

Key Points:

  • Mr. Tools is a medical pioneer - world's first totally implantable artificial heart recipient (the patient is incurring NO medical costs as it relates to this procedure)
  • The family is living on a very limited income
  • Mr. Tools is receiving minimal disability income, but has not been able to work for quite a while
  • Wife has left her full-time job to be with Mr. Tools while he recuperates
  • A timeframe has not been established in terms of when Mr. Tools might be released so that his wife can begin working again
  • The fund was started by members of the St. Mary's Catholic Church, where Mr. Tools and his wife are member
Related Links

Images of Robert L. Tools

Robert L. Tools with the Oak Ridge Boys

Brief Biography of Robert L. Tools

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