Randy Travis is now out of surgery following a stroke that hit on Wednesday night, forcing the country music singer to be rushed into surgery at The Heart Hospital at Baylor Plano in Texas.
The surgery was required to relieve pressure on his brain. Randy Travis remains in critical condition.
Earlier reports Wednesday morning had suggested that Travis was improving. In a video statement, Drs. William Gray and Michael Mack of the Baylor Health Care System had said that Travis was still critical — but they also noted that he had been “stabilized and he has shown signs of improvement.”
The 54-year-old Grammy-winning legend was healthy and touring as recently as three weeks ago. However, a virus infected his heart, causing the muscle to become enlarged and preventing the proper blood flow.
Earlier this week, he underwent a procedure to implant a device meant to increase blood flow from the lower chambers of his heart to the rest of his body.
Two brief updates from Baylor were posted online at the hospital website. Here’s the 8:10 PM CDT report:
“As a complication of his congestive heart failure, Mr. Randy Travis has suffered a stroke and is currently undergoing surgery to relieve pressure on his brain. He is in critical condition. We will have updates as they become available. His family and friends here with him at the hospital request your prayers and support.”
And here’s the 10:48 PM report: “Mr. Randy Travis is out of surgery and in critical condition.”
Fans are understandly worried:
Prayers for Randy Travis, or country music will start dying too
— allie carriere (@allie_carriere) July 11, 2013
Thoughts and prayers for Randy Travis.
— Carrot Top (@RealCarrotTop) July 11, 2013
Thoughts and prayers going out to Randy Travis and his family, friends, and fans ( and I count myself here ).
— Terri Clark (@TerriClarkMusic) July 11, 2013
We’ll update on how Randy Travis is doing when we know more.