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Jimmie Rodgers on your Prayer List

This is an e-mail from the son of Jimmie Rodgers, who a thousand years ago sang a song called Honeycomb:

Jimmie Rodgers was a TCK – Third Culture Kid – a military brat who went to high school in Germany. He is facing a medical crisis, and major surgery tomorrow, June 28, and his family asks for your prayers:

Hello Everyone!

Perhaps we have not spoken for a while. Perhaps we have never even met but somehow we have been connected through this wonderful world of email. That being said if you are considering this to be SPAM consider it the best kind because there is an opportunity here to be kind if for just a moment and truly bless someone. My name is Michael Rodgers. My fathers name is Jimmie Rodgers. Some of you might remember him from his musical career that has now spanned fifty years.

In 1957 he recorded a song called “Honeycomb” and followed it up with a string of hit records totaling 25 top ten singles,eighty million records sold worldwide and concert appearances throughout the world. Through all of that he carried himself with grace, charm and an incredible sense of humor and style.

In 1967 when he was 33 years old my father was injured in what is now known as a road rage incident with an off duty Los Angeles Police Officer. He suffered severe head injuries and underwent three brain surgeries.

During one of those surgeries he lost 28 square inches of his skull on the right side of his head.

Since 1968 he has carried what is considered to be the largest steel plate ever implanted in someone’s head. For 39 years the entire right side of his head has been entirely made of steel.

It took Dad nearly 15 years to recover from the last surgery in 1968 as he had to learn to walk,speak and regain his motor skills. He was not suppose to live more than 10 years with this steel plate in his body as the body continually tries to reject these kind of implants. Over the years as he has gotten older the skin on his scalp has gotten thinner (as it does with everyone) and the steel has began to try to regain it’s original shape and the edges of the plate that overlap the remaining bone have become sharp and they continually cut his scalp open making the plate stick through the top of his head. When this happens his brain is exposed to air and possible infection, he has terrible mood swings and if left this way this situation will eventually lead to his death.

Over the last 15 years he has had the plate filed, snipped, cut, and reshaped, he has had over 60 different skin graphs and other surgeries to try and keep his head from opening up. The last such surgery was 18 months ago and it nearly killed him. He now has a hole in his head the size of a half dollar and it has been this way since February. There is not enough healthy skin left on his scalp to cover it over.

My dad is tough. He is the definition of the word. He has avoided what is about to take place and tried everything imaginable to live with the constant pain and discomfort and he has now made a decision that will define what will be the rest of his life.

On Thursday June 28, 2007 a team of Brain Surgeons in Hot Springs Arkansas will remove the steel plate that he has carried with him for 39 years. They plan to remove the outer layer of skin and lift the plate away from the position it has held covering the outer layer of his brain. If successful they will replace the plate with a new material that has been developed that will recreate the skull bone and will not be rejected by the body. They also plan to recreate new skin on his head using his own stem cells in a paste form so that no more skin graphs will be needed.

If this surgery works he will no longer have the worry that his head will open up and his brain will become exposed anymore. If this surgery works he will have the chance to live what is left of his life without pain and the ever present knowledge that at anytime his head will open up again.

If this surgery works there is also a very real chance that he might never recover from the intense trauma that he is about to go through. At 33 years of age it took him 15 years to recover. At 73 years of age who knows what the outcome might be. What we do know is that he cannot live with this in his body anymore and it needs to come out if he is going to have any chance to live whatsoever.

Dad has made the decision. The Doctors feel confident that all will be fine and we are stepping out on faith that this is the right course of action.

As someone who some of you know to be a fairly private person I am opening up to you about a very serious family issue. This is not an easy time and I need your help. I kindly ask of you to give of yourselves and help me and my family and most importantly my father through the next few days.
From now until the end of next week and beyond if possible I kindly ask you all to please do the following.

* Please pray for my father that his surgery and recovery will be successful and that his health will be completely restored.
* Please pray for the team of Doctors and Nurses that will be performing the surgery so that they might have guidance and wisdom during this time.
* Please pray for our family that we might have strength and courage to face the days ahead in helping Dad with his recovery.
* Please Pray whatever your heart tells you to pray to whatever higher power you feel guides your life.
* Please put my father Jimmie Rodgers on your prayer lists at church or through an email request such as this one. (Feel free to copy and send).

All of us are connected in this life in some way. I believe there is power in prayer and power in positive thought.
I believe and claim that my father will completely recover from this surgery and that his body will be restored.
I believe that together all of us through prayer and positive energy and thinking can help that to happen.

Thank you all for being a part of and playing a part (large or small) in my life.

Thank you for giving my request consideration.

Name: Jimmie Rodgers
Date of Surgery: June 28, 2007 Steel Plate Removal / Skull Replacement.

My family and I thank you.

And my father thanks you and will be most appreciative to you for your thoughts and prayers. Please click on this link to see my father so that you can see him vital and healthy in your prayers.

God Bless,
Michael Rodgers

June 27, 2007 - Posted by | Biography, Community, Health Issues, Relationships, Spiritual

33 Comments »

  1. Isn’t Jimmie Rodgers dead?!

    Comment by kinano | June 27, 2007 | Reply

  2. No! And he needs our prayers!

    Comment by intlxpatr | June 27, 2007 | Reply

  3. Jimmie Rodgers, The Father of Country Music” died in 1933, at age 35
    Jimmie Rodgers, rock-n-roll pioneer, still kickin’.

    Comment by SparklePlenty | June 27, 2007 | Reply

  4. Chicagoland is praying for Jimmie Rodgers. A caller on WGN radio’s Steve & Johnnie late night show informed us about the operation.

    We love Jimmie Rodgers’ music and hope he heals quickly. It is amazing what doctors can do these days. Please give Jimmie our best wishes.

    Linda Sue

    Comment by Linda Sue | June 29, 2007 | Reply

  5. Please go to this link for an update on Jimmie Rodgers from Michael.

    http://tinyurl.com/37pzot

    Comment by Linda Sue | July 1, 2007 | Reply

  6. Linda Sue! thank you!

    Comment by intlxpatr | July 1, 2007 | Reply

  7. http://powerballplace.blogspot.com/2007/06/prayer-request.html

    If you scroll down, there is another update!

    Comment by Linda Sue | July 2, 2007 | Reply

  8. Thank you again, Linda Sue, and I also posted your info on the update you told us about the last time. Thank you for all your help with this. 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | July 2, 2007 | Reply

  9. I will always remember Jimmy Rogers with fondness and pride, for I too graduated from Camas High School – in 1964. I remember one time he came to our auditorium and put on a show for us “free”. Also was an acquataince with his brother, Archie Rogers.

    My prayers are with Jimmy Rogers that he will get well and flourish for many years to come.

    Comment by Lonnie Dworaczyk | July 9, 2007 | Reply

  10. Thank you, Lonnie. I haven’t heard any recent updates = anybody?

    Comment by intlxpatr | July 9, 2007 | Reply

  11. Praise God. We are so blessed. Thank you Jimmie for you music and your inspiration . Mke

    Comment by Michael Foreman | September 18, 2007 | Reply

  12. Thank you, Michael, for your visit and your comment. Has anyone heard any updates on how the recovery is going now?

    Comment by intlxpatr | September 18, 2007 | Reply

  13. sept.19th Soooooo happy to hear of jimmie rodgers sucessful removal of that steel plate!!!It truly is a miracle. I have been a follower of his beautiful music since 1958 when my father introduced me to his unforgetable music…It’s been a generation(40 YEARS)Jimmie Rodgers has had to indure such anguish…Hope his birthday(belated) will find him in excellent health with God’s blessings..A NEW BEGINNING FOR JIMMIE!#$%?**!!And I hope to hear some new music from him.. praise God!!!!

    Comment by ali ziherl | September 19, 2007 | Reply

  14. You can hear Jimmie’s first Post-Surgery interview on the following website:

    http://www.jerseygirlssing.com/RonnieRadioPage.html

    Comment by Thomas | September 24, 2007 | Reply

  15. […] Rodgers Follow Up A commenter, Thomas, responded yesterday to an article about Jimmie Rodgers that appeared several months ago (You can read the first article by clicking the blue type above) […]

    Pingback by Jimmie Rodgers Follow Up « Here There and Everywhere | September 24, 2007 | Reply

  16. I have been a fan of Jimmie since he first started.I am 3 months older & still enjoy his songs, especially the Gospel ones.
    I wouls love to talk to Jimmie as we both knew a lady called: “Goldie.”
    1 (503) 253-1542
    Stephen F. Howard
    235 N.E. 75th Ave.
    Portland, OR 97213

    Comment by Stephen F Howard | October 2, 2007 | Reply

  17. I hope your father will make it, Mike. I have fond memories of his singing on TV. I also have some of his records (Well, at least one). I think he could have done so much more with the talents he has. I will have him in my prayers.

    Comment by Steve McNeil | October 31, 2007 | Reply

  18. I thank Thomas for mentioning my show. This is the first time I have seen this page.

    Interviewing Jimmie was a wonderful experience for me and he is indeed a wonderful man.

    I wish him all the blessings of life. He sure has plenty of catching up to do and I know, from my conversations with him, that he has oodles of enthusiasm!

    Comment by Ronnie Allen | November 29, 2007 | Reply

  19. I am glad to hear my uncal is fine I’m william clifered fielder grand daughter Sarah jim Maid ed name fielder and my dad name is Richard E. Fielder and his sister name are Debbie,anut Lavern.
    your dad had a sister that died of TB which is my grandmother My dad told me that she died when he was only
    8 years old.
    please contact me and let me know if you are family

    Comment by Sarah Jim Aguilar | December 19, 2007 | Reply

  20. i mispelled my grandpas name William Clifford Fielder and grandmas name Ruthy Viola Fielder maiden name is Rogers
    My grandma died when my dad was 8 years old i know you family because my dad told me that the one that sang honey comb was my grandmothers brother and your my uncle
    please email me i want to meet you

    Comment by Sarah Jim Aguilar | December 19, 2007 | Reply

  21. 760-899-0111 please call

    Comment by Sarah Jim Aguilar | December 19, 2007 | Reply

  22. Mr Michael Rodgers, Your dad’s songs made a big impression on me as a boy. I just “imported” a vinyl LP Twilight on the Trail from USA so that I can again listen to his lovely voice. I was shocked and glad to read about his operation and recovery. Praise God. I am glad for you as a family and hope Jimmie lives to be a hundred. Please tell your dad that his voice reached far beyond the borders of his country and that I searched for forty years to replace the lost LP of my youth.

    Comment by Roelie Louw | January 22, 2008 | Reply

  23. Michael,
    Mr. Michael Rogers,
    It’s been a long time… I’m a brief friend/date from your high school Senior year; actually the summer after our senior year. Lived in Granada Hills and was very moved by your story about your Dad. I’m glad he’s recovering. You’ve been incredibly supportive to keep everyone updated and encourage the prayers. Anyway, would love to hear from you. Just stumbled upon the info about your Dad incidently and there you were.

    Pamela Holdridge

    Comment by Pamela Holdridge | February 16, 2008 | Reply

  24. Hi Everyone,
    Michael Rodgers here. Thanks so much for all of the well wishes and lovely words about dad. I just returned (yesterday) from the XM Satelite 50’s on 5 cruise held on the Norwegian Star. Dad performed for the first time since his surgery and the show was amazing. His voice is returning and the love that was given him from all of the fans in attendance truly was inspirational. I will be posting a new video of one of his songs from the show on you tube later this week.

    Pamela Holdrige, if you see this message it would be nice to catch up with you. email me at mjrsongs@aol.com

    All the best,
    Michael Rodgers

    Comment by Michael Rodgers | February 22, 2008 | Reply

  25. I am so glad you checked back in, Michael, and gave us this amazing update. Imagine, able to perform again. Thanks be to God! The cruise sounds like a lot of fun; will he be doing any more?

    Comment by intlxpatr | February 22, 2008 | Reply

  26. I met Jimmie during his time in Branson, Missouri and found him to be a remarkable man of deep faith and abundant talent. I would love to write to him and share memories. Any suggestions?

    Comment by mike woody | February 23, 2008 | Reply

  27. Yeh, Mike, his son Michael gave his e-mail address – above.

    Comment by intlxpatr | February 23, 2008 | Reply

  28. Thanks for the lead to Jimmie…I shouted out to Michael this evening.
    Mike

    Comment by mike woody | February 29, 2008 | Reply

  29. Glad you were able to connect, Mike.

    Comment by intlxpatr | February 29, 2008 | Reply

  30. Jimmie Rodgers has always been my favorite singer & I was able to see him live in Coeur d’Alene, Id. in 1962! He is the best! He still sings like he did in the 50s. He recently sang “It’s Over” somewhere & it’s posted on You Tube. Is there any way to get that entire program? Thanks!

    Comment by Jerry Jones | March 1, 2008 | Reply

  31. Please direct all the best energies to jimmy Rogers. He gave so many so much. My prayers are for your father’s well-being.

    Comment by Fobesq | April 10, 2010 | Reply

  32. My Dear Michael, I worked with your Dad at the 4-Queens in Las Vegas. I think you’ll remember me, as the one your Dad contacted about where to stay on your Honeymoon? I have lost track of your Dad and Mary through the years and want to contact them if possible. I just heard from Johnny & Nancy Tillotson and will get back to them. Your Dad put ME on their “prayer list”

    Comment by Harriet Strieter | December 25, 2012 | Reply

  33. I’m looking to contact Michael Rodgers. We were close friends in the 80’s when he worked as a DJ. In Marina Del Rey. If someone could get my email or Number to him, I’d love to catch up. Prayers for his family always. (714) 794-7196
    Sincerely,
    Michele Stepanek-Lane

    Comment by Michele Stepanek-Lane | January 19, 2016 | Reply


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