Randy Travis remains under sedation and in critical condition, as reported by his spokesman today. The Grammy-winning country crooner suffered a stroke this past weekend following emergency surgery. Travis, 54, had originally been diagnosed with a virus leading to potential heart failure.
Earlier this week, hopes were ingrained as doctors from the Baylor Medical Center reported Travis as “showing signs of improvement.” The good news turned grim when hospital officials made the decision to transport Travis to The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano.
Physician Dr. William Gray, director of cardiovascular services at Baylor Medical Center called the move a step in the right direction, “At McKinney, he was stabilized and subsequently sent to The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano for a higher level of specialized care.”
Travis’ path has been tumultuous over the past several years. As he remains in sedated, yet critical condition, his life and the questions of why are being reviewed. Travis has undergone a bitter divorce, faced charges by police for public intoxication, while coming arrest for a one car accident. At the scene of the incident, Travis was reportedly nude.
In the fall of 2011 Travis’s health woes eclipsed. The country mega-star fainted during a performance at the Crystal Heart Gala, an annual benefit for the Huguley Memorial Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas.
Travis’ doctor stated to news outlets that his patient, “had been struggling with laryngitis that resulted from chronic allergies and had taken multiple over-the-counter allergy medicines.” Between the dehydration, illness, over use of caffeine and medicinal cocktail, Travis collapsed. He reportedly recovered quickly and was warned by his doctors to rest.
It was only several months later when Travis fell onto hard times when he was arrested drinking by the doors of Sanger Baptist Church in Sanger, Texas. He was charged with a misdemeanor citation and released. Travis apologized to his fans shortly after, but not before an incriminating video of the incident hit the world wide web.
From fights to drinking incidents, none of this matters to the fans who just want the crooner back on his feet. This past Sunday, Travis was admitted to the hospital due to complications from viral cardiomyopathy. It is a disease that affects the heart, weakens the muscles and can lead, ultimately to heart failure.
Travis does have a family history of heart problems. Teresa Traywick stated, “Their mother passed away at an early age with her heart, so it is like these boys are following right in their footsteps.” Symptoms for virual cardiomyopathy can vary and often has been referred to as a “catch-all” condition. There are pre-existing conditions that can provide a viewpoint into the diagnosis:
- High blood pressure
- Genetics of heart problems
- Acquiring a virus that seems to become long-standing
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Nutritional deficiencies
Travis’ spokesman confirmed he received an Impella peripheral left ventricular assist device for stabilization. It was calm waters until mid this week when Travis suffered a stroke. He was placed by the hospital under heavy sedation.
A statement released by the hospital states Travis is resting comfortably and listed in sedated, critical care condition. Friends and family have remained by his bedside. Nancy Jones, widow of George Jones stopped by to see Travis. Jones and Travis were longtime friends.