Randy Travis suffered a stroke Wednesday, leading to surgery.
How is Randy Travis doing and will he recover? Wednesday evening the singer's publicist informed the press that Randy Travis was still in critical condition after a surgery related to his stroke.
Due to a serious heart problem known as viral cardiomyopathy, Randy Travis was hospitalized Sunday night. After being hospitalized, doctors opted to complete a procedure in which an" Impella peripheral left ventricular assist device for stabilization" was implanted in the singer. This device is a kind of pump installed by catheter that helps increase blood flow. Though his condition was improving, it remained critical and soon Randy Travis was transferred to The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano where he underwent surgery to relieve pressure on his brain.
As we know the cause of Randy Travis' critical heart condition stemmed from a viral disease known as cardiomyopathy, in which the heart becomes weakened and can lead to congestive heart failure, as was the case with Randy Travis.
How did Randy Travis get this viral heart disease? Though the problem could have arisen due to a poor supply of oxygen going to the heart, a problem known as Ischemia, it is more likely related to Randy Travis' struggle with alcoholism, which can serve as a cause for some forms of dilated cardiomyopathy.
Randy Travis was being treated for his viral heart condition, Wednesday when the artist suffered a stroke, leading to surgery Wednesday afternoon. Though he is in recovery after surgery, Randy Travis' publicists inform us the singer is still in critical condition.
"His family and friends here with him at the hospital request your prayers and support," said Randy Travis' publicist after news the stroke and surgery buzzed across the internet.
Watch: Randy Travis' Physicians Speak from Baylor
Randy Travis' heart problems are certainly concerning, as recently the singer has been working to make some positive changes in his life. Travis has struggled with the issue of alcoholism for some time now, having recently pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated back in January 2013. Randy Travis was arrested in August 2012 after he was found naked in his crashed vehicle.
Upon being arrested, Randy Travis' blood alcohol level was .21 percent — more than twice the legal limit. Travis pleaded guilty to the charges and was ordered to report to an in-patient alcohol treatment facility for at least 30 days. In addition, he was ordered to pay a $2,000 fine, and complete 100 hours of community service during his 2-year probation. His vehicle was required to have a lock placed on the ignition so he cannot drive drunk.
According to Grayson County District Attorney Joe Brown, during the time of the incident, Travis threatened the officers arresting him, which led to a harsher sentence. In a prepared statement, the D.A. had this to say:
"We feel it is appropriate in these circumstances ... His punishment is considerably more than is typically received on a DWI case. First time DWI defendants are rarely forced into in-patient treatment. He will be unable to leave the facility for 30 days. His fine and community service requirements are more than double what is usually received, and his probation term is the maximum available, and longer than the usual 18 months. All of that is appropriate in light of his behavior with the officers. I spoke at length with the officers involved, and they were in agreement with the outcome. We are all hopeful that Mr. Travis is on the road to recovery."
Now with congestive heart failure staring him in the face many of us are just hoping Randy Travis will be okay, that he'll recover and that he won't die. The award-winning musician and singer has countless hit songs which will remain in the hearts and minds of his fans long after he has gone. Hits such as "I Told You So," "I'm Gonna Love You Forever and Ever" and "Three Wooden Crosses" have been favorites for generations of country music fans.
Celebrities React To Randy Travis Surgery After Stroke
When other celebrities and singers heard the news that Randy Travis had suffered a stroke and undergone surgery, mass sympathy was expressed. Fellow country music singer Keith Urban had this to say about the Grammy winning artist:
"I always feel like he's part of our family, he's in our family ... I was one of those guys in Australia that bought 'Storms of Life' and became a Randy fan very quickly in late '80s, and I really feel for him right now."
Truly the singer has left an impression on us all and we just wish Randy Travis a speedy recovery and that he'll make a comeback with some more hits after this is all over.
As more information is revealed about Randy Travis, his stroke, surgery and current condition, we'll be sure to update you.