He’s not out of the woods yet, and he’s still in critical condition, but Randy Travis fans and supporters can at least now breathe a small sigh of relief.
It’s been an intense week for the country singer. He was initially hospitalized on July 7 for what was then believed to be viral cardiomyopathy. Since then, Travis has been in and out of surgery, traveled between hospitals, and seen a variety of medical specialists. Reports as to his condition have also been conflicting.
Today, though, two of his doctors, along with his fiance Mary Davis, released a detailed video statement that sheds a good deal of light on his situation and, as Dr. Michael Mack notes, helps to put together “the pieces of the puzzle” of Travis’s ordeal over the past nine days.
Dr. Mack explains that Travis was first admitted on Sunday, July 7 to Baylor McKinney hospital, where he was “put on life support” and then “transferred to The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano for a higher level of support.”
At that stage, Dr. Mack says, he “required mechanical devices to support his circulation and his heart. His heart did respond positively to that and after a 48-hour period of time we were able to wean him from that support.”
However, he continues, “During this period of time of resuscitation, he suffered a stroke. As a result of that stroke, pressure built up in his brain that required an emergency neurosurgical operation to relieve that pressure. That operation was successful and Mr. Travis has awakened since that operation.”
According to Dr. Mack, the diagnosis of Travis’s condition has changed now that they’ve had time to observe his condition. “He did suffer an acute viral illness over the past three weeks,” but now they’ve determined that “he has what’s called idiopathic cardiomyopathy, which means he has scarring of his heart muscle.”