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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.

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July 27, 2020

Roger was discharged 11 days ago to the local hotel near the hospital to await his surgery. He did not make it that long without going septic again. He is back in the hospital. He and his wife are waiting to hear if they can go forward with the life-saving surgery tomorrow to stop Roger’s recurring sepsis. The UVA team has also discovered that, in addition to the broken ribs, face bones, and brain hemorrhage, Roger also broke his hip a month ago when he passed out. The pain suddenly became very acute two days ago and it is excruciating. As a result of the broken hip, Roger may need surgery on his hip now to avoid a full hip replacement as the fracture continues to get worse when pressure is on it from walking. Roger’s pain is excruciating with all the broken bones, chronic pancreatitis, and his bile duct stricture. Please pray that he can go into surgery tomorrow to stop all the sepsis and begin to get his life back. Please pray that he will recover fully from this broken hip with no need for surgery or for a full hip replacement down the line. Please stand with Roger and Alana in faith as they pray and wait for complete healing! Thank you all!

July 12, 2020

Roger is back in the hospital and has been for weeks. He passed out at home, they think from infection and dehydration as a result of the ongong sepsis and issues with his biliary drains (which are intended to save the liver his wife gave him). When he passed out, he did not catch himself and fell foward on a hard wood floor. In doing so, he broke three ribs and three bones in his face, cut open his face (with significant blood loss), and suffered a brain hemorrhage. Once in the hospital, he developed double pneumonia, likely from aspiration during the fall. He is not able to remain stable at home anymore and so is likely to remain in the hospital to undergo a bile duct surgery to replace these drains and stop this life-threatening cycle.

Alana is staying with him near the hospital. Roger has slipped into a deep delirium and is unable to understand where he is a lot of the time. The only thing he consistently seems to register is Alana and, when she is not there, he hallucinates horrible tradgedies surrounding her death. So, though Alana is not allowed to stay with him at night due to COVID restrictions, she is with him all day every day.

Please continue to pray for Roger’s complete healing as UVA teams work to stabilize Roger and save his liver. Thank you all!!

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July 23, 2020

I hope he gets better soon!

Cindy Lo

July 18, 2020

You are in our prayers everyday.

Daphne Mills

July 17, 2020

Continuing in prayer for you both! Sending hugs and love to you both!

Pat Largen

July 16, 2020

Keeping Roger in my thoughts at this time.

Rob Watts