Doctors say Randy Travis 'stablilized, awake, alert'

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by JANET ST. JAMES

WFAA

Posted on July 15, 2013 at 5:09 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 16 at 10:36 AM

It's a remarkable turnaround for Randy Travis, who has been near death for days at a Plano hospital.

The country music star is still listed in critical condition, but in a video statement released by Baylor Health Care System, his doctors said Monday he is awake and improving.

"He feels the hands of the doctors and the care of the nurses and the love of his fans," said Mary Davis, Travis' fiancee, who also appeared in the video statement. "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."

The 54-year-old entertainer was hospitalized at The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano on July 7 after suffering congestive heart failure due to a viral illness.

Doctors performed brain surgery last Wednesday to relieve pressure from a sudden stroke.

"In terms of his stroke, he has responded well to the surgical procedure," said critical care specialist Dr. Gary Erwin in the hospital-provided video.

Doctors said Travis is now awake, but breathing on a ventilator. They also dispelled rumors that his condition is the result of substance abuse.

"We performed a biopsy of his heart muscle and it shows scar tissue," heart specialist Dr. Michael Mack explained in the video statement. "It does not show active infection. 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."

Doctors expect Travis to remain in the hospital for two to three more weeks. His recovery from the stroke may take months, but doctors are now more hopeful about Randy Travis' recovery.

"We all know now that we had greatness to work with," Davis said. "We ask for your continued support."

All of the statements were made in a video clip provided by Baylor, which did not offer reporters an opportunity to ask questions of the doctors or Ms. Davis.

E-mail jstjames@wfaa.com

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