While Randy Travis is in the hospital recovering from a stroke and brain surgery, unfortunately his brother is facing a trial of his own. David Brownlow Traywick, age 50, of Marshville, North Carolina has been arrested and faces charges of making and trafficking meth or methamphetamine.
What Is Randy Travis' Brother Being Charged With And Who Was Involved?
According to WCNC news, Randy Travis's brother, along with wife Jessica and two other women were arrested and charged with the conspiracy to traffic meth.
All four adults are now being held Union County Jail. Investigators arrived at Traywick's home on Fountain Hill Church Road in Mashville, NC Tuesday evening, and found a functioning meth lab inside the brother of Randy Travis' home.
According to local deputies, this isn't the first time Traywick had been charged with meth-related activity. On September 13, 2012, Union County deputies arrested Randy Travis' brother for cooking meth in a makeshift lab in a location near his Marshville home. Those charges are apparently still pending resulting in a hefty bond for both Traywick and his wife.
David Traywick and wife Jessica are both being held on $500,000 bond. One of the other women arrested, Christina Marie Stegall, age 30, is being held on a 250,000 bond as well.
How Is Randy Travis Doing? The Country Star Is Recovering Well Doctors Say
Latest reports on how Randy Travis is doing confirm that the worst is past for the beloved country music singer as doctors shared on Monday the Grammy award winner was "awake and alert" and had "responded well" to surgery. The doctors also shared that Randy Travis was recovering so well he was even "interacting with his family and friends."
It's unknown at this time if Randy Travis has received the news of his brother's arrest, but hopefully it won't hinder his speedy recovery from a hereditary heart problem he has suffered with known as viral cardiomyopathy.
According to WCNC Eyewitness News, however, neighbor's of Randy Travis' brother are hoping that the family will step in in some way, in light of the repeated offenses of the country star's brother.
"They say they don't associate with him, but something needs to be done," one neighbor told the news source.
Police in the area were quick to step in when they heard Randy Travis' brother was once again involved in methamphetamine production as the dangers involved with these labs — particularly if they explode — can be tragic, both for the creators and those living in the nearby area.
What is Meth? Why Methamphetamine Labs And Production Are So Dangerous
Methamphetamine is a synthetic (man-made) chemical often manufactured in small, hidden laboratories. Meth is made by mixing various forms of amphetamines together. The scary thing is many of the ingredients used to make meth are everyday household chemicals such as cold or cough syrups, battery acid, drain cleaner, lantern fuel and antifreeze. These are "cooked" into an extremely powerful stimulant known as methamphetamine.
The dangers in production of this kind of illicit drug is particularly high as the chemicals used can be explosive, rendering those who are caught in the explosion severely burned and disfigured, or in some cases killed.
Meth cooks like Randy Travis' brother are not the only ones to suffer. Even if a lab doesn't explode, they create tons of toxic waste. The production of one pound of methamphetamine produces five pounds of waste which can become poisoned or make those exposed very sick.
According to one former meth lab cook, via drugfreeworld.org, here is just one of the possible tragic outcomes of making and trafficking meth.
"Welfare money was not enough to pay for our meth habit and support our son so we turned our rented home into a meth lab. We stored the toxic chemicals in our refrigerator not knowing that the toxins would permeate [go into] the other food in the icebox ... when I gave my three-year-old son some cheese to eat, I did not know that I was giving him poisoned food. I was too stoned on meth to notice, until twelve hours later, that my son was deathly ill. But then I was so stoned it took me two hours to figure out how to get him to the hospital five miles away. By the time I got to the emergency room my boy was pronounced dead of a lethal dose of ammonia hydroxide-one of the chemicals used to make meth." -Melanie
This story while alarmingly sad, it is only one of many out there as North America has unfortunately a huge problem with meth.
North America's Meth Problem: How Many Meth Labs Explode Each Year?
According to the 2013 World Drug Report by the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC), from 2010 to 2011 worldwide seizures of methamphetamine by authorities grew by 73% — from 51 tons to 88 tons — and 61 percent (54 tons) of all seizures were reported by Mexico and the U.S.
Below is a graphic of the number of meth lab-related incidences the DEA has been involved in cleaning up. In just 2012 alone over 11,000 meth lab incidences were encountered. North Carolina, where Randy Travis' brother's meth lab was found accounts for 457 of those incidences in 2012. This is a sizable portion out of 50 states.
As more is known about what will happen to Randy Travis' brother and if the singer or his family will get involved we will bring those updates.
UPDATE: Randy Travis 'Awake And Alert' After Stroke And Brain Surgery! Condition Stabilized As Doctors Warn Weeks In Hospital Still Needed To Recover [VIDEO]
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.
Watch Video of Randy Travis' Physicians and Fiancée Speaking from Baylor
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.
How Is Randy Travis? Updates Scarce As Sedated Country Star Still In Critical Condition During Recovery
How is Randy Travis doing? After being rushed to a Texas hospital more than a week ago, undergoing treatments and then surgery to relieve pressure on his brain, the country music singer remains in critical condition. The latest updates on Randy Travis report that the star remains heavily sedated as he recovers from recent surgery, but that he is still in critical condition.
Randy Travis Rushed To Heart Hospital Baylor Plano or Surgery After Stroke
Last Sunday, Randy Travis was admitted to a Texas hospital where the country singer was treated for a viral heart condition known as cardiomyopathy. The initial procedure Randy Travis underwent involved an implant of an" Impella peripheral left ventricular assist device for stabilization." The device was implanted in Randy Travis to help pump blood throughout his body. At first the treatment seemed to be going well and then things took a turn for the worse on Wednesday when the singer suffered a stroke. After the stroke, Randy Travis was transferred to The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano where he underwent surgery to relieve pressure on his brain.
Since that time little has been said about how Randy Travis is doing, though his publicist asked for continued prayer for the family as the singer's condition remained critical.
Country Music Stars and Fans Pray For Randy Travis' Condition To Improve
Scores of Country music stars and fans headed the call to pray for Randy Travis as social networks like Twitter and Facebook were flooded with messages of love, sympathy and well wishes for a speedy recovery.
Stars like Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride and the Grand Ole Opry and Country Singer Brad Paisley were among a few of the celebrities who tweeted messages of hope and concern for Randy Travis on Twitter under the hashtag #PrayforRandy.
Here are a few of the sentiments found there.
"Praying myself, and asking all to pray for Randy Travis" - Hillary Scott
"God be with the medical team that's working with @randytravis this evening." -- Lee Greenwood
"Praying for Randy Travis." -- Martina McBride
"Praying for Randy Travis today. Y'all do the same. #countrylegend" - Joe Nichols
"Just heard @randytravis had a stroke and is in surgery. Praying for Randy, the medical staff and his family." -- Rodney Atkins
How is Randy Travis Doing Now? Singer Sedated And Remains In Critical Condition As He Recovers
Though last we heard the 54-year-old Grammy Award-winning singer was improving, he remains heavily sedated in the hospital.
UPDATE Randy Travis Surgery After Stroke: How Is The Singer Doing And Will He Recover? [VIDEO & REPORT]
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.