Photo by Terri Likens
Theresa and Jude Hamilton look forward to life ahead after Jude's heart transplant last October. He suffered from the same heart disease that killed his father at age 39, and had stents, two bypass procedures, a defibrillator/pacemaker installation and more before his transplant six months ago.
Jude Hamilton's $32 heart beats strongly

By Terri Likens
Special to The Enterprise

Jude Hamilton’s heart had been through the wringer.
He suffered from the same congenital heart condition that took his father at age 39, and shortly after he passed that age himself, his own problems began to set in.
Around the year 2000, the Loretto resident began a long series of surgeries and procedures for his own heart failure — stents, two different bypasses and the installation of a pacemaker/defibrillator device.