Randy Travis remains in critical condition but is showing signs of improvement following the stroke he suffered July 10, which resulted in emergency surgery to reducing swelling on his brain.
His physicians and fiancée, Mary Davis spoke, to media on Monday to give an update on Randy’s condition.
Randy was admitted to the emergency room of Baylor McKinney hospital on July 7 where he was put on life support and transferred to The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano for more specialized care. Then, 48 hours later, after responding positively to treatment, his medical team began weaning him from that support.
“During this period of time of resuscitation, he suffered a stroke,” says Dr. Michael Mack, Medical Director of Cardiovascular Disease at Baylor Health Care System in Dallas. “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.”
Dr. Mack went on to explain that Randy has idiopathic cardiomyopathy, which is the scarring of heart muscle causing his heart to be weak and not support circulation without medical devices or medication. Randy has a family history of cardiomyopathy.
“In terms of his stroke, he has responded well to the surgical procedure he had to relieve the pressure in his brain,” Dr. Gary Erwin, an intensivist at The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, said. “We’re seeing improvements in brain scans showing decreased swelling of his brain. He is awake and alert, interacting with his family and friends and beginning to start doing some early physical therapy.”
Doctors anticipate Randy will remain hospitalized for an additional two to three weeks to stabilize his heart and begin aggressive physical therapy. He will then likely be transferred to an inpatient facility to continue physical therapy.
Randy’s fiancée, Mary Davis, says, “I just want to thank the friends, the family, the outpouring of love and affection that has shown up at the hospital and at home and through several different avenues of support. I know that those are prayers that have helped mend his heart along with the skilled hands of the physicians and doctors and nurses here at The Heart Hospital of Baylor in Plano.”