The country singer has a long way to go, but these are positive signs.
After a tumultuous time in hospital, Randy Travis is finally showing signs of improvement. The country singer is now awake and stabilized as he recovers from surgery following a stroke.
It wasn’t look good for Travis; emergency surgery to relieve pressure in his brain followed a stroke, and it’ll take him months to recover, but this is the best news to come out of his camp yet.
Travis' partner, Mary Davis, said he was "miles beyond where any of us thought he would be a few days ago" according to USA Today. She added: "It's heart-warming to see that we have such a strong person under there that's willing to fight with us."
According to cardiac surgeon Michael Mack, Travis "did suffer an acute viral illness over the past three weeks, but that seems to have tipped over a more chronic condition."
The 54-year-old singer has been hospitalized since July 7 after suffering congestive heart failure due to a viral illness. Travis suffered the stroke Wednesday night and doctors performed surgery to relieve pressure on his brain. "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."
He will stay at The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano for two to three more weeks before being transferred somewhere else to undergo physical therapy. "He is awake and alert, interacting with his family and friends and beginning to start doing some early physical therapy," says doctor Gary Erwin. "We anticipate it will take months to recover from the stroke."
We wish Randy Travis a full and healthy recovery