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In Memoriam
Roger T. Rudder

It is with great sadness we report that Roger Rudder passed away on March 2, 2023. Family and friends have been working with Help Hope Live to raise money to help finance uninsured medical expenses associated with transplantation.

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February 26, 2023

Here is an update on my beloved, Roger, from his wife, Alana.


Roger was extubated two days ago after being reintubated a few days prior. We did not know if he was going to need to be immediately intubated again or not but we had to try to get that tube out of him. So far, Roger has exceeded expectations. One of the big concerns when he was intubated is that his respiratory rate was too high for traditional criteria to extubate. As soon as that tube came out of Roger’s throat, his respiratory rates normalized. Praise God!

Since then, Roger has begun extensive physical therapy that has left him sore and tired. However, he is so happy to be getting out of that hospital bed and at least into a chair. Still, he is extremely weak. He cannot stand to get out of the chair but, instead, has to be lifted using this swing thing they have to lift patients. This means Roger needs prayer for strength. Even holding his head up for a period of time is painful to him because of the weakness.

Roger’s kidneys are starting to show signs of waking up. He is producing some urine. Thank you, Jesus!! However, we are not out of the woods yet. We need his kidneys to heal so he doesn’t end up on dialysis for the rest of his life. Roger’s quality of life isn’t anywhere near where I want it to be as it is. Dialysis would be catastrophic to his quality of life, I feel. While I would be honored and more than willing to be his living kidney donor, I don’t want him to go through that journey again. And, as of now, he would not qualify for that because of his current condition. It would be a long, painful road. Please pray fervently for healing over Roger’s kidneys.

And, as always, please, please pray for healing over Roger’s lungs so we don’t have to go toward a trach. Please pray for strength for him so he can cough up the pneumonia to prevent the need for reintubation.

Finally, please pray that Roger’s delirium will continue to clear. Even if he gains strength, if he cannot cough or swallow due to delirium, he will be reintubated. Please pray.

Thank you all so, so much for praying over my beloved! I am forever so very grateful!!

February 19, 2023

This is Alana Rudder providing an update on Roger’s fight.

After being extubated on February 12, Roger was reintubated today. I spoke with Roger’s lead doctor today. He said that Roger had become weak from his 17-day intubation, which made it difficult for him to cough proactively to keep the new bout of pneumonia from taking over his lungs. Because of this weakness, Roger’s lungs filled with fluid. As a result, it became to difficult to breath and Roger stopped breathing today. This is why intubation was necessary.

While this was incredibly traumatizing, after the intubation happened, the doctor came to speak with me about Roger’s prognosis and the plan for him moving forward. He said that Roger needs a trachea. The trachea will allow him to be woken up some whereas a breathing tube would not make room for the possibility. With a trachea, they could wake Roger up enough and still have him comfortable enough to start doing physical therapy. This physical therapy will happen over the next two months to help him get stronger to be able to breathe on his own.

Right now, we need to pray for strength for Roger and for no more setbacks to his path to healing. The doctor said that another setback could be catastrophic to Roger’s prognosis. So, I am coming to you to pray for no more setbacks and for a smooth path through healing from the pneumonia, healing his kidneys, and gaining strength. We need Roger’s delirium to dissipate as well so he can participate in physical therapy. Please, pray fervently over the next few weeks about these needs. Roger’s life depends on it.

Please also pray for financial provision for us. Two months is a long time to try to keep our lives together in the middle of a crisis. I need prayer that I can keep our lives together and keep our home. We need desperate prayer for provision.

Thank you all!!

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March 18, 2023

Have a blessed birthday, Alana!

Cassie Bottorff

March 16, 2023

We join with all loving supporters to extend our heartfelt condolences to Alana and family and friends. We wish you peace and comfort during this time of sorrow.

The Staff of Help Hope Live

February 19, 2023

Alana and Roger- we have been praying and will continue to pray for Roger’s complete recovery. What a beautiful love story you share and your faith is an inspiration. ❤️

Aaron & Becky Moodie