[Updated] Randy Travis Recovering From Stroke

Randy Travis

Randy Travis

Update: Randy Travis is awake and alert, according to his doctors, though still listed in critical condition.

Dr. Michael Mack, cardiac surgeon and medical director of cardiovascular disease at Baylor Health Care System in Dallas, Dr. Gary Erwin, an intensivist at The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano and Mary Davis, Travis’ fiancee, release an updated video.

“He has what’s called idiopathic cardiomyopathy, which means he has scarring of his heart muscle that is causing his heart to be weak and not able to support his circulation without help of either medical devices or medication,” says Mack. “We performed a biopsy of his heart muscle and it shows scar tissue. It does not show active infection. From the appearance on echocardiograms, which are images of his heart, this is not the appearance of either drugs or alcohol causing the heart condition.”

Doctors say that Travis does have a family history of cardiomyopathy. Travis does remain on intravenous medications to help support his heart. As a result of the heart condition and the stroke, He was put on a ventilator to help him breathe during his hospitalization and remains on the ventilator.

“We are decreasing that support daily,” says Erwin. “We are seeing improvements in brain scans showing decreased swelling of his brain. He is awake and alert interacting with his family and friends and beginning to start some early physical therapy. We do anticipate that he will need to stay here at The Heart Hospital for another two to three weeks to stabilize his heart during which time we will begin aggressive physical therapy. After he is discharged from here, we anticipate transfer to an inpatient facility where can receive aggressive physical therapy. We anticipate it will take months to recover from the stroke.”

Travis’ fiancee, Mary Davis, thanked fans and friends for their support and prayers. “I know that those are prayers that have helped mend his heart along with the skilled hands of the physicians and doctors and nurses here at The Heart Hospital of Baylor in Plano. I know that Randy feels each and every one of those. He feels the hands of the doctors and the care of the nurses and the love of his fans. His friends and family have all been touched by that. He is responding well to voices and he sees and he understands. He’s miles beyond where any of us thought he would be a few days ago.

“It’s heart-warming to see that we have such a strong person under there that’s willing to fight with us. We all know now that we had greatness to work with. We ask for your continued support. I know that Randy will be so touched by that when he understands the magnitude of it all. So thank you and I appreciate everything everybody has done here at the hospital to give us the outcome that we’ve received. With the understanding now in retrospect that this could have occurred anywhere at anytime. We were in the finest place we could be to have the best outcome that we could ever have. Thank you.”

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As a complication of his congestive heart failure, Randy Travis has suffered a stroke and underwent surgery last night (July 10) to relieve pressure on his brain. He is listed in critical condition. His family and friends with him at the hospital request your prayers and support.

Travis was admitted to Texas hospital on Sunday and underwent placement of an impella peripheral left ventricular assist device. 

He is best known for “I Told You So,” “Three Wooden Crosses,” “Forever and Ever, Amen,” “Diggin’ Up Bones,” and “Deeper Than The Holler.”




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