Country stars and fans alike rallied around Randy Travis when he was admitted to Baylor Medical Center in McKinney, Texas in critical condition due to complications of viral cardiomyopathy on July 7. Once stabilized, he was transferred to The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano for a higher level of specialized care.
Dr. Michael Mack, Medical Director of Cardiovascular Disease at Baylor Health Care System in Dallas, explained that Randy was diagnosed with 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.
Randy’s condition worsened when he suffered a stroke as a complication from his congestive heart failure and underwent surgery to relieve pressure on his brain on July 10. Following successful operation, Randy’s fiancée, Mary Davis, expressed her gratitude for the support shown to her family.
“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,” she said. “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.”
Randy was discharged from the hospital on July 31 and relocated to a physical therapy facility to continue recovering. He has remained largely out of the public eye since his hospital stay, but released Influence Vol. 1: The Man I Am, honoring the songs and artists that inspired him, on October 1.
Randy was also honored during the George Jones Tribute Concert in Nashville in November. Movie star Jon Voight took the stage to pay tribute to George Jones but also took the time to say a few words about Randy Travis, reports the Tennessean.
“I’m so deeply honored to be in the church of Jones with you all,” he said. “George Jones had a good friend who was really all of our good friend, and that is Randy Travis. And Randy is going through a great challenge as we speak, and he’s making great strides. And as we know the most important thing, the most important thing to a person’s recovery is their will to recover, and I feel that with all our love and prayers Randy will receive that energy and perhaps, perhaps a miracle may be shown.”
He then encouraged attendees to join hands in a “human chain of love” for Randy and lead them in a chant of “Randy, we love you.”
Recently, Randy appeared in the TV movie Christmas On The Bayou. Official updates on Randy’s condition will be posted at www.RandyTravis.com as they are available.