It almost sounds like a bad joke with a punchline that borders on being distasteful and tragic. Randy Travis, the modern country music star is having one medical problem after another with his heart. To paraphrase the old song from the country comedy TV show Hee Haw, “If it weren’t for bad luck, he’d have no luck at all.” The singer has suffered a stroke after his congestive heart failure and undergone surgery as a result.
It really feels as though he should have penned and recorded the Billy Ray hit Achy Breaky heart.
After Travis was admitted to the hospital with congestive heart failure at Baylor, he was moved to a more specialised unit and this move had seemingly saved his life.
The 54 year-old singer had an upper respiratory infection that worsened and affected his heart. After being treated for that problem, the music icon then suffered a stroke.
Travis’ publicist said in a statement that he’d “suffered a stroke and underwent surgery to relieve pressure on his brain on Wednesday evening.”
The hospital website posted that, “Mr. Randy Travis is out of surgery and in critical condition.”
This latest health calamity came just hours after the hospital had announced that Travis’ condition had improved and that he could now be declared in stable condition.
Travis had surgery to implant a mechanism in his heart to aid blood flow, according to Travis’ hospital spokesman Kirt Webster. He went on to explain that the singer’s problems stemmed from his, “recently acquired viral cardiomyopathy.” This viral damage apparently caused Randy Travis to have the stroke after his heart attack.
The country singer had been touring earlier in the year and had recently performed in Detroit and Chicago. His next tour appearance was to be in the ironically named Deadwood South Dakota when he was struck down by the heart attack caused by viral cardiomyopathy.
Viral cardiomyopathy is a caused by a virus attacking the muscles of the heart, according to the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention who also state that it can stop the heart.
It looks like Travis is in for yet another rough year after his legal problems that took place in 2012. His interactions with the police and the courts were pretty frequent last year.
Travis was first arrested in Sanger, Texas February 2012 after being found in a parked car in a church parking lot smelling of alcohol and having a bottle of wine in the car.
Police from Grayson County were responding to a call of an naked man lying in the road on August 7, 2012. The police report stated that they found Travis in a state of nudity and smelling of alcohol. Law enforcement officials also claim that Travis had crashed his car in a construction zone, and that when they attempted to arrest him, Travis threatened the officers with deadly harm.
The singer was later arrested for driving while intoxicated and for making threats against law enforcement officials. He posted his $21,500 bail and walked free.
In the same evening that he was arrested for his DUI (driving under the influence) he walked into a convenience store nude and demanded cigarettes from the attending clerk. The clerk said that as soon as Travis realised that he had no money, he left the store.
Travis was again arrested on August 24, 2012 by police in Plano, Texas for assault when the country artist was found fighting outside another Texas church. Witnesses said that Travis appeared to be under the influence of alcohol.
On January 31, 2013, Randy Travis pleaded guilty to his August 7 charges and as a result was placed on probation for two years, paid a $2000 fine and received a 180 day suspended jail sentence.
While 2012 was the singers year of legal troubles, 2013 looks to be one filled with health issues. Travis appears to still be suffering from his heart ailment and it remains to be seen just how successful his recovery will be from the latest operation for his stroke.
Randy Travis leapt to fame in the 1980s and 90s, but in the latter part of the decade his star started to lose it’s shine and his career was “hitting the skids.” He then made a surprising switch to gospel music and won an award for his gospel song Three Wooden Crosses in 2003.
Travis has had an award winning career as a country music artist. The singer has won seven Grammy awards, 10 Academy of Country Music awards and 10 American Music Awards.
Randy Travis suffering a stroke after his heart attack, has placed him in still more concerns for his health and his chances of recovery. The hospital where he is being treated is posting updates on his status.
By Michael Smith