Country singer Randy Travis is awake and in stable condition after undergoing emergency surgery following a stroke last Wednesday (10Jul13).
Surgeons operated on the star at the Heart Hospital Baylor Plano in Texas to relieve pressure on his brain and the Honky Tonk Moon hitmaker is now recovering and interacting with family and friends, although his doctors anticipate the 43-year-old will need to stay in hospital for several weeks before undertaking aggressive physical therapy.
In a video posted on YouTube.com, Gary Erwin Md, Pulmonary and Critical Care Specialist at the hospital, says, "Mr. Travis is no longer requiring any mechanical devices to support his heart... but he remains on (a ventilator). In terms of his stroke, he has responded well to the surgical procedure... and we are seeing improvements... He is awake and alert, interacting with his family and friends and beginning to start doing some early physical therapy... (but) we anticipate it will take months to recover form the stroke."
Travis' fiancee Mary Davis also spoke in the video and thanked fans and medical staff for their support, adding, "I just want to thank the friends and family, the outpouring of love and affection that has shown up at the hospital and at home... I know that those prayers have helped to mend his heart alongside the skilled hands of the (medical staff at the hospital).
"Randy feels 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 and he's miles beyond (what) we ever thought he would be a few days ago. It's heartwarming to see that we have such a strong person under there... We ask for your continued support and I know that Randy will be so touched by that."
The 54 year old has been receiving medical treatment since last Sunday (07Jul13), when he was admitted to hospital with a heart condition he developed after battling a viral respiratory illness last month (Jun13).
Last Tuesday (09Jul13), Travis underwent a procedure to have a pumping aid device placed in his heart, shortly after which he suffered the stroke.