Doctors say Randy Travis is in very stable condition and is "awake and alert." According to reports, the singer is recovering well after a recent stroke and brain surgery, much to the relief to loved ones and fans alike who had feared the worst. Thankfuly, Randy Travis' condition has stabilized, though just hours before we had reported he was heavily sedated and still in critical condition. Still, doctors warn many more weeks in the hospital and with therapy will be needed before Randy Travis is fully recovered.
According to one of Randy Travis' doctors, Gary Erwin, this is where Randy Travis' current condition stands.
"He is awake and alert, interacting with his family and friends and beginning to start doing some early physical therapy."
This is great news considering the many days that had past since we heard the star had suffered a stroke and undergone surgery to relieve pressure from his brain.
Randy Travis Hospitalized With Cardiomyopathy While Friends And Fans Asked To Pray For Speedy Recovery
The story started a little over a week ago when Randy Travis was rushed to a Texas hospital to receive treatment for a viral heart condition called cardiomyopathy. During treatment, Travis suffered the stroke and was transferred to another hospital to have brain surgery performed. For days after, little was heard except that the star was recovering slowly, while remaining in critical condition.
"His family and friends here with him at the hospital request your prayers and support," said Randy Travis' publicist after news of the stroke and surgery buzzed across the Internet last Thursday.
Over the weekend, country music stars and fans alike tweeted their messages of love and sympathy for Randy Travis, while prayers went out for his speedy recovery. It was not until Monday night that news finally arrived revealing how Randy Travis was doing and whether he would recover from the stroke and brain surgery.
How Is Randy Travis Doing? The Country Star Is Awake and Condition Stabilized
Doctor Gary Erwin, an intensivist at The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano and one of the doctors who has been supervising Randy Travis' case, announced Monday that the award-winning singer had woken up and his condition was stabilized, but that at this time he is still fragile, requiring a ventilator and regular doses of medication for his heart. However, Randy Travis' heart is pumping its own blood with no machine assistance, which is a huge improvement over his condition last Monday.
What Happened To Randy Travis? Why First Diagnosis Was Wrong
For those who have wondered what happened to Randy Travis and how he got the viral heart infection, which caused him to be hospitalized, some new light was shed on this subject Monday as well.
Initially we were told Travis suffered from a viral heart problem called cardiomyopathy. It was presumed Randy Travis had acquired the heart problem as a result of his struggle with alcoholism, however, doctors are now saying this is not the case.
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According to Randy Travis' doctors, the singer had actually suffered from idiopathic cardiomyopathy, a scarring of the heart muscle which cause it to become weak and unable to circulate blood properly without assistance from a machine.
Dr. Michael Mack, medical director of cardiovascular disease at Baylor Health Care System in Dallas was the first to discover the true cause of Randy Travis' recent serious heart condition.
"We performed a biopsy of his heart muscle and it shows scar tissue. It does not show active infection ... from the appearance on echocardiograms, which are images of his heart, this is not the appearance of either drugs or alcohol causing the heart condition."
It seems upon further investigation, doctors also found that this form of cardiomyopathy actually runs in Randy Travis' family and had nothing to do with how much or little alcohol he drank.
Randy Travis' Current Condition: Stable, Yet Still In Critical Condition As Therapy Begins
Adding to Doctor Mack's statement, Dr. Erwin also chimed in on Randy Travis' current condition.
"He [Randy Travis] does remain on intravenous medications to help support his heart, but we are decreasing the doses of those every day and actually beginning to start him on oral medications which he will use long term to help support his heart ... he is breathing spontaneously with the help of the ventilator and [we] hope to have him weaned off of that very soon breathing completely on his own ... In terms of his stroke, he has responded well to the surgical procedure he had to relieve the pressure in his brain. 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."
Though Erwin hopes Randy Travis will soon be well enough to undergo some intensive therapy, the doctors still warn his condition is not out of the critical state yet, and that it may be several months before he has fully recovered from the recent heart problems, stroke and brain surgery.
Though Randy Travis still has a long road yet to recovery, one thing we can all be thankful for: Randy Travis is doing well, and hopefully will soon be back to making award-winning music.
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