Randy Travis Condition: Family Fears Brain Damage After Stroke As Road To Recovery Is Long And Slow [VIDEO & REPORT]

By iDesign Times Reporter July 30, 2013 2:12 PM EDT
Randy Travis' family fears the singer may have some brain damage after suffering a stroke and undergoing brain surgery earlier this month (Photo: Reuters)
Randy Travis' family fears the singer may have some brain damage after suffering a stroke and undergoing brain surgery earlier this month (Photo: Reuters)

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How is Randy Travis doing? Is his condition improving? Updates on the Grammy Award–winner's road to recovery after a stroke and brain surgery have been few and far between, and though Travis' doctors say the country singer is improving, the family has expressed fears that Randy Travis could have some brain damage.

The information about Randy Travis' condition comes to us from sources for The Enquirer who shared that "The family is petrified that Randy may have permanent brain damage ... they're all praying for a miracle."

The North Carolina native, 54, burst upon the scene in 1986, and quickly became one of the biggest country performers of his day. Albums such as his debut set, 1986's
The North Carolina native, 54, burst upon the scene in 1986, and quickly became one of the biggest country performers of his day. Albums such as his debut set, 1986's "Storms of Life" and 1987's "Always & Forever" helped to make him a superstar in the latter part of the 1980s and a frequent award show favorite. (Photo: Getty Images)

After the brain surgery, Randy Travis remained in a coma for several days with many fearing that perhaps the country singer was dead. Thankfully, however, reports from Travis' doctor finally emerged stating that he was "awake and alert" and on the road toward recovery.

What Caused Randy Travis' Heart Condition? Drugs and Alcohol or Heredity?

According to the most recent reports, Randy Travis was scheduled to remain in the hospital for at least 2–3 weeks in order to continue his recovery and undergo therapy. Meanwhile, fans of the country music star have received mixed messages about what the true cause of the singer's heart condition is. While some sources blame the heart failure on drug and alcohol use, Travis' doctors continue to assert Randy Travis' condition is more likely attributable to a family history of cardiomyopathy, based on pictures of his heart.


Here is Dr. Michael Mack, a cardiac surgeon and medical director of cardiovascular disease at the Dallas-based Baylor Health Care System's assessment of what the real cause of Randy Travis' heart failure was.

"As we're able to put the pieces of the puzzle together, he did suffer an acute viral illness over the past three weeks, but that seems to have tipped over a more chronic condition," the doctor said. "He has what's called idiopathic cardiomyopathy, which means he has scarring of his heart muscle that is causing his heart to be weak and not able to support his circulation without the help of either medical devices of medication ... 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," Dr. Mack said. "Mr. Travis does have a family."

How Is Randy Travis Doing: Recovery Slow But Steady But Doctors Say Months Of Therapy Ahead

So how is Randy Travis doing now? Though the singer's fiancée Mary Davis stated that Randy Travis' condition was "miles beyond where any of us thought he would be a few days ago," still, doctors maintain the star's health is still very fragile and that it could be months before he's fully recovered from the stroke and brain surgery.

 Singer Randy Travis and Mary Beougher pose at the Wonderwall portrait studio during the 2013 CMT Music Awards at Bridgestone Arena on June 5, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo: Getty Imagesl)
Singer Randy Travis and Mary Beougher pose at the Wonderwall portrait studio during the 2013 CMT Music Awards at Bridgestone Arena on June 5, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo: Getty Imagesl)

In the meantime, Dr. Erwin, one of the other supervising doctors over Randy Travis, said the singer's recovery was progressing well.

"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 ... We do anticipate that he will need to stay here at the Heart Hospital for another two to three weeks to stabilize his heart during which time we will begin aggressive physical therapy. After he is discharged from here, we anticipate transfer to an inpatient facility where he can receive aggressive physical therapy. We anticipate it will take months to recover from the stroke."

Though it is uncertain how much longer Randy Travis will remain in the Baylor Hospital or when he will transfer to the inpatient facility, one thing is clear: Randy Travis' condition is improving.

Meanwhile, Mary Davis, Travis' fiancée shared with fans the gratitude she and Travis had for their continued love, prayers and support.

Fans of musician Randy Travis have sent an endless flow of love, support and prayers for the star's speedy recovery as he is a much beloved member of the country music community. (Photo: Getty Images)a
Fans of musician Randy Travis have sent an endless flow of love, support and prayers for the star's speedy recovery as he is a much beloved member of the country music community. (Photo: Getty Images)a

"He feels the hands of the doctors and the care of the nurses and the love of his fans ... his friends and family have all been touched by that ... we ask for your continued support. I know that Randy will be so touched by that when he understands the magnitude of it all."

As more updates come regarding how Randy Travis is doing and if his condition is improving, we'll continue to report. Meanwhile, check out a few of our earlier articles on the star's recovery process.

Randy Travis Updates:

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UPDATE: Randy Travis 'Awake And Alert' After Stroke And Brain Surgery! Condition Stabilized As Doctors Warn Weeks In Hospital Still Needed To Recover [VIDEO] 

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