Doctors and fiancée Mary Davis give update on singer, who is awake but remains in critical condition
Country music star Randy Travis is awake and making progress as he recovers from surgery following a stroke.
A news release and video from the Texas hospital where the 54-year-old singer is recovering described Travis’ condition Monday afternoon. Doctors also gave a more detailed explanation for the health troubles, saying it was scarring on his heart. Via Dr. Michael Mark:
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 of medication.
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.
Mr. Travis does have a family history of cardiomyopathy and it is more likely related to that.
Doctors say Travis remains on a ventilator but is breathing spontaneously and his breathing support is gradually being reduced. He is interacting with his family and friends and has begun the early stages of physical therapy.
He will stay at The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano for two to three more weeks before being transferred to another facility where he will undergo aggressive physical therapy. Doctors say it will take months to recover from the stroke.
Travis' fiancée Mary Davis thanked friends and fans for the "outpouring of love and affection" and prayers during the singer's medical crisis.
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.