By Linda Lee

Randy Travis needs our prayers! As a complication of his congestive heart failure, Randy suffered a stroke last week, and had surgery to relieve pressure on his brain. He remains in critical condition.

Here is the most recent message from Mary Davis, who is Randy’s fiancée:

Thank you. First and foremost, I just want to thank the friends, the family, the outpouring of love and affection that has shown up at the hospital and at home and through several different avenues of support.   I know that those are prayers that have helped mend his heart along with the skilled hands of the physicians and doctors and nurses here at The Heart Hospital of Baylor in Plano.  I know that Randy feels each and every one of those. 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.  It’s heart-warming to see that we have such a strong person under there that’s willing to fight with us. We all know now that we had greatness to work with. We ask for your continued support. I know that Randy will be so touched by that when he understands the magnitude of it all.So thank you and I appreciate everything everybody has done here at the hospital to give us the outcome that we’ve received. With the understanding now in retrospect that this could have occurred anywhere at anytime. We were in the finest place we could be to have the best outcome that we could ever have. Thank you.

Randy’s doctor, Dr. Michael Mack, says:

Although Mr. Travis is still in critical condition, it has stabilized. We do not anticipate significant changes on a daily basis, but we will keep you informed as his condition improves.


After 10 years of being a ‘caretaker’ for my elderly parents, I have learned a lot about certain medical conditions, including congestive heart failure and strokes.

From my experience, a stroke is far more serious than congestive heart failure. If surgery was required to relieve pressure in Randy’s brain, the stroke was most likely quite severe. This is just my personal ‘guess’ as I am familiar with a stroke involving bleeding in the brain as my Dad suffered a relatively minor stroke, which left him temporarily paralyzed on his whole left side and required months of physical therapy. And that was just a minor ‘bleed in the brain’ that did not require surgery. Any time there is bleeding in the brain, the blood acts as an ‘irritant’ which causes swelling in the brain, which can cause further damage.

This is truly a sad situation, and I am PRAYING for a MIRACULOUS recovery for Randy! But I also trust and have FAITH that God will always do what is best for those who BELIEVE. I am asking God to do what is best for Randy Travis and do not let him suffer. Randy is truly a kind, warm, genuinely nice man who has given us so much through his music, and now he needs our prayers. ~Love, Linda Lee


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