Randy Travis has been under heavy sedation since undergoing brain surgery Wednesday night (July 10), officials of the Baylor Health Care System said late Friday afternoon.
The 54-year-old singer is still in critical condition but is resting comfortably, according to the update on the hospital’s website.
The surgery was completed late Wednesday night to relieve pressure on Travis’ brain after suffering a stroke as a complication of congestive heart failure.
Travis 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.
Travis was first admitted to Baylor Medical Center at McKinney, Texas, near 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.
Part of Travis’ treatment involved the insertion of an Impella peripheral left ventricular assist device for stabilization prior to transferring hospitals. The tiny heart pump was inserted by a standard catheterization procedure.
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.