Good news yesterday for Randy Travis fans: after three weeks in the hospital due to congestive heart failure, followed by a stroke, the 54-year-old singer has been released from The Heart Hospital Plano in the Dallas, Texas area. His next stop is an undisclosed physical therapy center where he will undergo extended treatment.
Travis was admitted to the hospital on July 7 for what was described as “complications from recently acquired viral cardiomyopathy,” according to the singer’s publicist. After undergoing a procedure to help his heart pump on its own, the situation was complicated when Travis suffered a stroke and was taken into emergency surgery to relieve pressure on his brain. After the successful surgery, hospital physicians clarified that Travis’ initial condition was idiopathic cardiomyopathy, a chronic and likely genetic condition that weakens the heart, which had been aggravated by a viral infection. The doctors also emphasized that they did not see evidence that Travis’ previous alcohol abuse had been a cause of his current health issues.
There is no word as to how long Travis is expected to remain at the physical therapy center, but doctors previously described his upcoming therapy as “aggressive.” In a statement posted on Travis’ website, the singer’s fiancée said: “Thanks to all the fans and friends for your continued prayers and support as Randy continues on the road to recovery.”
In a musical career spanning nearly 35 years, Randy Travis has landed no less than fifteen number-one country singles, winning six Grammys and nine AMA awards, as well as seven Dove Awards for his venture into Gospel music.