Randy Travis suffers stroke, remains in critical condition
Just a few hours after doctors released a statement that Randy Travis was showing signs of improvement, the country singer has suffered a stroke and underwent surgery late Wednesday (7/10).
The musician's publicist Kirk Webster said that 54-year-old singer suffered a stroke while being treated for congestive heart failure and was undergoing surgery to relieve pressure on his brain. No word yet on what kind of stroke he may have suffered.
At press time, Travis was out of surgery, but remained in critical condition.
Travis entered a McKinney, Texas, emergency room Sunday (7/7) and was diagnosed with viral cardiomyopathy, which can lead to heart failure.
Earlier Wednesday, Dr. William Gray and Dr. Michael Mack, both directors of cardiovascular services in the Baylor Medical Center system, released statements confirming his improvement and explaining the series of events.
According to the statement, Travis was in good health until mid-June, when he contracted a viral upper respiratory illness. That issue led to the July 7 emergency room admittance. There the country crooner receive an Impella peripheral left ventricular assist device, which was inserted via a catheter. That device was to help stabilize Travis during his transfer from the Baylor Medical Center in McKinney, TX, to his present location at The Heart Hospital Baylor in Plano, TX.