Memorial Services Set for First AbioCor Totally
Implantable Heart Recipient - Robert Tools
Memorial services to celebrate the life of Robert (Bob) Tools,
the world's first AbioCor totally implantable heart recipient
have been scheduled. Tools received his new heart at Jewish Hospital
on July 2, 2001. He died 151 days later on November 30 at the
age of 59.
The first memorial service will be
held in Louisville at the Jewish Hospital Rudd Heart and Lung
Center, Conference Center, on Friday, December 7 at 3 p.m. (EST).
The following day, a memorial service will be held in Mr. Tool's
hometown of Franklin, Kentucky. The service will be held at St.
Mary of the Woods Catholic Church at 1 p.m. (CST). Both services
will be for the family and friends of the Tool's family.
Tools is survived by his wife Carol,
a son Carlin Tools, a daughter Chandra Williams, and grandsons
Tavaughn and Ahmad Tools.
University of Louisville physicians
Laman A. Gray, MD and Rob D. Dowling, MD were deeply saddened
by his death, along with the staff at Jewish Hospital. Mr. Tools
died due to multi-organ failure that resulted from abdominal bleeding.
Arch L. Heady-Cralle Funeral Home,
who has donated their services, will cremate the body. The family
has requested that expressions of sympathy take the form of donations
to the Robert Tools Benefit Fund at Integra Bank, 303 N. Main
Street, Franklin, KY 42134. Words of sympathy may be expressed
Media are welcome to attend the
services to express their sympathy, but cameras will not be permitted
at either service. The physicians and the Tools family will not
be available for interviews following the services. They appreciate
your continued respect for their privacy.