Country music singer Randy Travis is in stable condition after successful brain surgery, his doctors said Monday (July 15) after being in the hospital for more than a week.
Travis, 54, was hospitalized July 7 with viral cardiomyopathy. While in the hospital he suffered a stroke and had to undergo brain surgery to relieve swelling.
Travis is currently at the Heart Hospital at Baylor Plano in Texas and suffering from idiopathic cardiomyopathy, doctors said in a YouTube video posted on Travis’ website Monday.
Idiopathic cardiomyopathy is the scaring of the heart muscle which causes it to be weak and not support the body’s circulation without medical devices or medication. Travis is receiving medicine intravenously, however doctors are attempting to wean him from the I.V. and replace it with oral medication.
“From the appearance on echocardiograms this is not the appearance of drugs or alcohol causing the heart condition, Mr. Travis does have a family history of cardio myopathy,” said Dr. Michael Mack of Baylor Health Systems.
Last week a mechanical pump was used to help Travis’ heart pump blood through his body, but doctors say he is no longer using the device. Travis remains on a ventilator, but it alert and interacting with his family, according to doctors.
He is also undergoing physical therapy because of his stroke. Travis is expected to remain in the Heart Hospital over the next couple weeks before being moved to a rehabilitation center for more extensive physical therapy. Doctors say it could take several months for him to fully recover.
Travis had been on the road, performing in Detroit and Chicago last month. He was set to do a show in Deadwood, South Dakota, on Wednesday.
Randy Travis is best known for “Three Wooden Crosses,” “Forever and Ever, Amen,” “Diggin’ Up Bones,” and “Deeper Than the Holler.”
Cardiomyopathy makes it harder for your heart to pump blood and deliver it to the rest of your body, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Last year, Travis was arrested multiple times on alcohol related charges and placed on probation.
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