RANDY TRAVIS 'AWAKE, ALERT' BUT HAS A LONG RECOVERY AHEAD
Randy Travis continues to improve at The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano in Texas. His physicians, Dr. Michael Mack and Dr. Gary Erwin, hosted a video press conference yesterday where they said the singer is "awake and alert, interacting with his family and friends and beginning to start doing some early physical therapy."
Last week, Randy suffered a stroke and underwent surgery to relieve pressure on his brain. He had been kept heavily sedated until now.
Doctors say that when Randy was originally admitted to the ER earlier this month, he was put on life support and required mechanical devices to support his circulation and his heart. About two days later, he was able to be weaned from that.
Their original diagnosis was that Randy had acute viral myocarditis, but that is not the case. The doctors say he did have a viral illness but it caused a more "chronic condition" called idiopathic cardiomyopathy. They explain this condition as 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 of medication.
Dr. Mack said, "From the appearance on echocardiograms, which are images of his heart, this is not the appearance of either drugs or alcohol causing the heart condition. Mr. Travis does have a family history of cardiomyopathy and it is more likely related to that."
Randy's condition has been stabilized, and he is no longer requiring any mechanical devices that help support his heart.
The singer will have to take oral medication from now on to help with his heart condition.
Randy is expected to remain at The Heart Hospital for another two to three weeks, after which time he will be transfered to an inpatient facility to receive "aggressive physical therapy" for the next several months.