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About Rolland

After facing over three decades of heart issues, including a heart by-pass surgery in 1998, Rolland Kegley was diagnosed with heart failure in 2016. In March of 2017, he underwent LVAD surgery which placed a pump in the left side of his heart in hopes of sustaining him until a heart transplant could become available. Over the last 3.5 years, Rolland has been working diligently, with his wife Peggy always by his side, to be placed on a transplant list. Most recently, Rolland has been working closely with Vanderbilt University Hospital and in September 2020, he was approved for both a heart and kidney transplant through their program.

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January 22, 2021

Rolland is back in ICU as of last Sunday. He had an episode where he had trouble breathing, his heart stopped and they had to do CPR. He was revived after 1round of compression. He has pneumonia again. This week had been days of stabilizing his breathing and blood pressure while on antibiotics. While this event will add time to the recovery process and time in hospital, I thank God for the quick response of the medical personnel here and praise Him for keeping Rolland on the road to recovery. The winding road includes physical therapy, dialysis and fighting infections and working on his neurological status. As always, we are grateful for your love, support and prayers. God bless us everyone. Xo

January 12, 2021

Happy New Year! I pray 2021 is a happy, healthy year for you all. Rolland is now out of ICU. He is more alert and responsive as he more consistently answers questions with yes and no nods. His new heart is doing pretty well and he needs less heart support medication which is good. His breathing is better and he needs less ventilator support which is good. He is on a trachea. Working with speech therapist periodically and speaking valve on trachea to regain talking ability. His new kidney is not functioning well and he gets dialysis 3 times per week. Rolland is weak and deconditioned but is gaining strength and works hard when exercising arms and legs with therapist, nurses or me. Hoping he will be able to sit up on his own soon and then up to standing. Four months in the hospital and don’t know how much more to go, but we do know the Lord is providing His grace and mercy each day. Your prayers lift Rolland and I up daily and your love and support carry us through. Thank you. May God bless you all. Xo

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February 18, 2021

Peggy, Bob and I are so sorry circumstances kept us from being there with you and the family to grieve. Please know we continue to pray for peace and comfort. With love, Bob and Valerie Eberhart

Valerie Eberhart

February 17, 2021

Please accept our heartfelt condolences. We know that Rolland loved life and his family most of all. May the wonderful memories of love and laughter give you comfort!

Brett and Pam King

February 15, 2021

In memory of Rolland and with heartfelt condolences to his family from a grade school friend, high school team mate and competitor.

Ric Towell

February 13, 2021

Rolland was a dear sweet men, sorry to hear of his passing. Praying that the funds we have donated can help make a difference.

Diana Eggold