BOB TOOLS, ABIOCOR PATIENT, CONTINUES
Recovery highlighted by surprise
(LOUISVILLE, KY) - The University of Louisville surgeons
who implanted an AbioCor replacement heart device at Jewish Hospital
July 2 announced today that the patient, Bob Tools, has continued
to improve and was able to be transferred out of the intensive care
unit (ICU) this week. Drs. Laman Gray and Rob Dowling report that
Mr. Tools' condition has improved to the point that ICU care is
no longer necessary. He was moved to the transitional monitoring
unit (TMU) on Thursday.
"While we continue to have ups and downs, Bob's
overall recovery is remarkable," Gray explained. "Looking
at him today, you would never know how gravely ill he was just 10
"Bob is blessed with a tremendous fighting
spirit and supportive family that are serving him well through his
recovery," Dowling added. "It's wonderful to see him doing
Thursday morning, September 6, Mr. Tools was visited
by some of his fans, The
Oak Ridge Boys. While traveling through Louisville, the multi-award
winning vocal group visited with Mr. Tools, offered a variety of
gifts, and promised to continue to pray for his full recovery. "Duane
Allen invited me to go fishing with him on the lake at his home,"
Tools said. "I think I'll take him up on that."
Jewish Hospital is among the top 10 cardiac
centers in the United States and, along with the University of Louisville,
is dedicated to excellence in clinical care, research and education.
University of Louisville surgeons at Jewish Hospital have performed
many heart care "firsts," including Kentucky's first heart
transplant, the world's first heart transplant following the use
of a Thoratec bi- ventricular assist device, the world's first endoscopic
saphenous vein harvest and the first ventricular remodeling in the
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