First, the good news: according to Baylor doctors who posted a video update via YouTube, Randy Travis’s medical condition has stabilized after being hospitalized last week for a heart condition, followed by a stroke requiring emergency surgery to relieve pressure on the country singer’s brain. He is still listed in critical condition, but stable, and is awake and responsive to voices.
The bad news, however, is that Travis still faces months of recovery following the stroke, including several more weeks in the hospital, followed by what pulmonologist Dr. Gary Erwin called “aggressive physical therapy” in a rehabilitation facility.
In the days following the country legend’s medical crisis, more light has been shed on his condition and the events leading to his hospitalization. Dr. Michael Mack, medical director of cardiovascular disease for Baylor Healthcare System, describes Travis’ initial condition as idiopathic cardiomyopathy, a chronic condition that weakens the heart muscle. The condition was apparently aggravated by a viral infection, leading to what has been described as congestive heart failure.
Despite Travis’ run-in last year with Texas authorities for DWI and alcohol abuse, the doctors stress that his heart condition is most likely genetic, and have generally ruled out alcohol or drug use as the reason for the condition.
Randy Travis’ fiancée, Mary Davis, who also appears on the video, thanked friends, family and fans for their support, and requested continued prayers for the singer’s recovery. For interested fans, the full video update is embedded below.