UPDATE: How is Randy Travis doing? Much better, it appears. The country star left the Texas Heart Hospital at Baylor Plano Wednesday, July 31, 2013 and was been transferred to an inpatient facility for more intensive physical therapy.
How Is Randy Travis Doing? Intensive Physical Therapy The Next Step In Stroke and Brain Surgery Recovery Process
Though Randy Travis' condition has been at times quite critical, earlier in the month we heard reports via Dr. Erwin, one of the supervising doctors over Randy Travis, that the singer's recovery was progressing well and an inpatient facility would be the next step in his stroke and brain surgery recovery process.
"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."
This news came soon after a scare that Randy Travis might be dying as several days passed with the singer in a coma after undergoing brain surgery. At that time, Randy Travis' publicist had asked fans to continue to pray and offer support to Randy Travis' family as his condition was quite critical.
The Monday following the singers surgery however, news finally broke that Randy Travis was "awake and alert" and recovering well.
What Caused Randy Travis' Heart Problems? Doctors Explain Hereditary Factors
Since that time little new has been reported concerning Randy Travis' condition, though doctors have shared much information regarding how Randy Travis acquired the viral heart condition, denouncing rumor that his heart problems were related to drug or alcohol abuse.
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. According to Dr. Michael Mack,
"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,"
This heart condition does run in Randy Travis' family as Randy Travis' Sister-in-law confirmed in a recent statement.
"My husband (Travis' brother) just had a heart attack last year, so it is in their family. Their mother passed away at an early age with her heart, so it is like these boys are following right in their footsteps. My prayers are with them. That's all I can say right now."
Randy Travis' Family Touched By The Support Of Fans: A Message From Travis' Fiancee Mary Davis
While Randy Travis has undergone his slow but steady recovery after his stroke and brain surgery, fans of the country singer have continued to support the family throughout this difficult time, offering warm messages, such as this one which was received by fans at CountryFest 2013.
Meanwhile fiancee Mary Davis shared how touched she and the rest of Randy Travis' loved ones had been by the continued support.
"He [Randy Travis] 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."
To that she added this message after news was published that Randy Travis was out of the hospital and headed to the new inpatient facility for more physical therapy.
"Thanks to all the fans and friends for your continued prayers and support as Randy continues on the road to recovery."
As Randy Travis' doctors have shared, there is still much work to be done to get Randy Travis back to where he was before the stroke and brain surgery, but one thing we're glad about is that Randy Travis seems to be doing really, really well.
For Earlier Updates On Randy Travis' Condition See: