Nashville, TN – Troubled country star Randy Travis’ condition has improved, though he is still listed in critical condition, doctors said this week.
In a video statement, Drs. WIlliam Gray and Michael Mack of the Baylor Health Care System said that the music star was in good health until just three weeks before he was hospitalized. He is now in congestive heart failure because of a viral respiratory illness that he contracted.
In the Wednesday video statement, Mack described Randy Travis’ condition as “critical,” but added that he has “stabilized and he has shown signs of improvement.”
The singer went through an operation to increase his blood flow after he was admitted to a Texas hospital on Sunday with cardiomyopathy. That’s a heart condition caused by a virus.
Best known for hits including “Forever and Ever, Amen” and “Three Wooden Crosses,” the 54-year-old Grammy-winning singer fell ill after the virus infected his heart muscle. This caused it to become weakened and enlarged, and prevented it from pumping blood properly.
Cardiomyopathy can lead to heart failure.
Many celebrities and fans took to Twitter to express their support for Randy Travis, wishing him a speedy recovery:
Sending prayers and well wishes to Randy Travis.
— Brad Paisley (@BradPaisley) July 8, 2013
Here here. RT @BradPaisley: Sending prayers and well wishes to Randy Travis.
— Anson Mount (@ansonmount) July 9, 2013
Sending prayers and get well wishes to Randy Travis!!
— Rick Harrison (@GoldSilverPawn) July 10, 2013
You can watch a video update on Randy Travis’ condition below:
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