PR firm: Country singer Randy Travis suffers stroke, undergoes surgery

DALLAS - Country singer Randy Travis has suffered a stroke and underwent surgery to relieve pressure on his brain, his PR firm said Wednesday.

The 54-year-old musician remains in critical condition.

Travis' physicians shined light on his condition Wednesday, the first medical update since the country music world was shaken with the news Travis had been hospitalized with heart issues four days earlier.

The update came only hours before Travis' stroke.

In a two-minute video released on the Baylor Medical Center's website, Dr. William Gray, director of cardiovascular services at Baylor Medical Center at McKinney, Texas, and Dr. Michael Mack, director of cardiovascular disease at the Baylor Health Care System in Dallas, updated his status and detailed Travis' journey thus far. 

Gray said the singer was admitted to his McKinney hospital Sunday with a presumptive cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure. According to Gray, Travis had been dealing with a viral upper respiratory illness for three weeks leading up to his hospitalization.

Mobile users can see the video here: http://youtu.be/fAv4gxlxM8Q

"We determined together in a joint decision, that a higher level of specialized care was appropriate and therefore we transferred him to THE HEART HOSPITAL Baylor Plano," Mack said in the video. "Since his transfer, his condition has stabilized and he has shown signs of improvement."

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The firm, Webster & Associates, llc., refuted reports Tuesday Travis had undergone heart surgery, instead saying doctors had only non-surgically implanted an Impella peripheral left ventricular assist device so the singer could transfer hospitals more easily.

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Cards and well wishes can be sent to: 

Randy Travis

266 Blanks Road

Tioga, Texas 76271

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