Randy Travis is awake, alert, aware, and responding to his family. Doctor’s have released new video giving an update on the country singer’s latest condition but he still needs help to breathe from a machine. His doctors revealed that Travis is still hooked up to a ventilator, but that he is breathing on his own and the amount of help that the machine gives him is being gradually cut down.
It appears the the Three Wooden Crosses singer is now on his road to recovery and he can now start the long road to physical improvement via cardio rehabilitation and physical therapy. Travis will stay at the hospital, Baylor Plano for an estimated two or three weeks until he reaches a higher level of recovery.
The 54 year-old singer will then be moved to another hospital where he’ll begin his physical therapy to help combat the effects of his heart attack and stroke. Doctors have said that after his emergency surgery for the stroke Travis suffered, they performed a biopsy and the swelling in his brain has gone down. He is now recovering very well despite his need for the machine to help him breathe.
The hospital’s YouTube video was released in on Monday afternoon and can be found by clicking on “source 1” at the bottom of this article. In the video the award winning singer’s fiancée, as well as, the doctors talk about Travis’ condition. .
The doctors explain that Travis “did suffer an acute viral illness over the past three weeks, but that seems to have tipped over a more chronic condition.” Dr Michael Mack then goes on to say, “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 help of either medical devices or medication.”
Allegedly, Randy Travis’ family have a history of heart ailments that includes, cardiomyopathy.
This will be the second time that Travis’ condition has been declared stable. The first time was after his life-saving surgery for his heart failure. Shortly after the first announcement, Travis suffered a stroke and surgeons had to “go back in” to relieve pressure on the singers brain.
Country/gospel singer Travis, had the stroke after his heart surgery and was listed as being in critical condition until Monday. The Doctor said the singer, “is awake and alert, interacting with his family and friends and beginning to start doing some early physical therapy.”
The doctor also said of the ventilator that is hooked up to Travis is a cautionary measure and that the singer, “is breathing with the help of the ventilator and [we] hope to have him weaned off of that very soon.”
Mary Davis, Travis’s fiancée, stated in the video that she was thankful for all the support and “the outpouring of love and affection that has shown up at the hospital and at home, and through several different avenues of support.”
Davis finished by saying that, “those are prayers that have helped mend his heart,” and that Travis “is responding well to voices and he sees and he understands. He’s miles beyond where any of us thought he would be a few days ago.” So while Randy Travis still needs a little help to breathe from the ventilation machine, he appears to be well on his way to recovery.
By Michael Smith