Randy Travis remained in critical condition Friday (July 12) at a Plano, Texas, hospital after suffering a stroke and undergoing surgery to relieve pressure on his brain.
According to an update from the Baylor Health Care System, the surgery was completed shortly before 11 p.m. Wednesday. The surgery is the latest episode in a series of medical problems Travis has experienced.
The 54-year-old singer-songwriter sought emergency treatment Sunday and was diagnosed with viral cardiomyopathy, a heart condition caused by a virus. Viral cardiomyopathy is a disease of heart muscle in which the heart is abnormally enlarged, weakening the heart’s ability to pump blood.
His publicist said the stroke was a complication of congestive heart failure.
Travis was first admitted to Baylor Medical Center at McKinney, Texas, located approximately 35 miles from his ranch in Tioga, Texas. His condition was stabilized at Baylor McKinney before he was transferred to the Heart Hospital Baylor Plano in Plano, Texas, for more specialized care.
In a video announcement Wednesday morning, doctors said Travis had been in excellent health before developing a viral upper respiratory illness three weeks ago. Prior to the stroke, doctors said his condition had stabilized and was showing signs of improvement.
After signing to Warner Bros Records in 1985, Travis scored 16 No. 1 singles, including “On the Other Hand,” “Forever and Ever, Amen” , “Diggin’ Up Bones,” “I Won’t Need You Anymore,” “I Told You So,” Deeper Than the Holler,” “Is It Still Over” and “Three Wooden Crosses.”
Inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 1986, he won Grammys for best male country vocal performances in 1987 and 1988.