Gene’s Story

Site created on May 8, 2018

First of all THANK YOU all for your prayers, and well wishes. I’m Samantha Hamaker, Gene’s daughter in law, and I finally had a moment to start this journal so you all can follow Gene’s progress. Gene suffered a Cardiac Arrest Friday April 27th at home. He has been in the ICU at Banner Heart, now at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale. Gene is in need of an LVAD and a Heart Transplant. It has been a roller coaster and we are all taking this day by day. Lorraine and I will do our best to keep you up to date here. 

Thank you for your support and kind words! 

Newest Update

Journal entry by Samantha Hamaker

Whoop Whoop! Gene was transferred to the Progressive Care Unit at Mayo yesterday! He got some of his chest tubes out, and some extra invasive lines out. He sat up in the chair out of bed for a few hours and even walked the hall when he got up to his new room! Totally awesome! He feels exhausted, still trying to take this all in, but for the most part in good spirits. The LVAD is working great and he's off most of the IV medications needed for his heart. The plan is to simply get gene stronger day by day and there's talk of potential discharge in a week. Gene could potentially be ready for visitors early next week, we will keep you posted! 

Thanks again. Gene is doing amazing! 
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