Photo: Michael LoccisanoRandy Travis certainly has been through a traumatic month to date — the singer was admitted to the hospital with heart issues July 7, remained in critical condition, and suffered a stroke three days later necessitating surgery.
However, there's finally some good news. His doctors are saying his condition has stabilized, and that he is "awake and alert interacting with his family and friends, and beginning to start doing some early physical therapy."
Drs. Michael Mack and Gary Erwin, who are treating Travis, gave fans an update on Travis's progress this week, as well as a further explanation of what is making him so ill.
Originally blamed on a viral reaction, Travis's heart issues are now being labeled as a more chronic condition as his medical team continues to investigate. "He has what’s called idiopathic cardiomyopathy, which means he has 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," explains Dr. Mack.
Mack also clarified that Travis's past issues with substance abuse probably didn't cause his problem. "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," he added. "It is more likely related to that."
Travis's mother died of heart issues and his brother suffered a heart attack last year, according to Travis's sister-in-law.
Dr. Erwin confirmed that Travis is improving, but warned fans that the singer will be in recovery for quite some time. "We do anticipate that he will need to stay here at The Heart Hospital for another two to three weeks to stabilize his heart during which time we will begin aggressive physical therapy," he said. "After he is discharged from here, we anticipate transfer to an inpatient facility where can receive aggressive physical therapy. We anticipate it will take months to recover from the stroke."
Travis's fiancée, Mary Davis, also gave an update on his status, saying that both she and Travis are grateful for all the prayers from concerned fans. "I know that Randy feels each and every one of those," she noted. "He feels the hands of the doctors and the care of the nurses and the love of his fans. His friends and family have all been touched by that. He is responding well to voices and he sees and he understands. He’s miles beyond where any of us thought he would be a few days ago."