Roger Needs Our Help!
Roger Rudder began his battle with liver disease when he was just five years old. Still, at that time, doctors didn’t know exactly what was wrong. As the years progressed, Roger was told to carefully control his weight and to abstain from drinking alcoholic beverages. So, he lived an alcohol-free life in the hopes that cirrhosis would never set in. As the years passed, Roger seemed to be maintaining liver health but was officially diagnosed with non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), a liver disease that is often silent until the liver is gravely ill.
November 28, 2017
Roger was taken back to the ER in Lynchburg on Thanksgiving morning and, from there, was transferred to UVA to be placed back in the ICU for bleeding from the esophageal varices due to liver failure. We were thankful that the bleeding stopped on its own. He has been in the hospital since then, though, as the transplant team keeps him stable for his living donor transplant on Thursday. After receiving confirmation this morning that the surgery is a go, I (Alana) started my pre-op fast today to be prepared to give Roger 54% of my liver on Thursday morning. Please be in prayer for us and for the transplant team for the next couple of days so that Roger will remain stable for surgery. Please also pray for a smooth and successful surgery and recovery for both of us! Last but never least, please thank our Lord for us for how hard He has and continues to fight for Roger! Thank you so much for all your support!
November 16, 2017
I am so excited to announce that, after 3 days of testing, it has been confirmed that I, Alana, am Roger’s perfect liver match! Though my husband is currently in the ICU after the veins in his throat burst again, we are hopeful. The UVA transplant team wants to move forward with his transplant by the end of the month. We are so grateful to our Lord for the miracle he performed in making me to be the perfect liver match for my sweet husband! Please pray for us that all will go smoothly and that we will recover quicker than is expected. Thank you all for your support!
October 5, 2017
Roger and Alana, We're happy for the opportunity to make our donation. We wish you all the best, Roger, and our prayers are with you. Love, Your family at Stoke
The Stoke Family