Randy Travis Suffers Stroke and Undergoes Surgery

Country star Randy Travis suffered a stroke yesterday and had to undergo surgery to relieve pressure on his brain, his publicist Kirt Webster said Wednesday evening.

Webster stated that the stroke was a complication of Travis's congestive heart failure. Earlier in the day, prior to the stroke, the physicians that have been treated him made public statements. The transcripts are below:

The first physician to speak was Dr. William Gray, the Director of cardiovascular services at Baylor Medical Center at McKinney, Texas.

"Mr. Randy Travis was admitted through an emergency department to Baylor Medical Center at McKinney on Sunday, July 7. He had been in previously excellent health until three weeks prior when he developed a viral upper respiratory illness.

"He was admitted at Baylor McKinney with a presumptive cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure. At McKinney, he was stabilized and subsequently sent to THE HEART HOSPITAL Baylor Plano for a higher level of specialized care in the care of Dr. Michael Mack."

Then Dr. Michael Mack, the director of cardiovascular disease at the Baylor Health Care System in Dallas, said, "Early in the morning of Monday, July 8th, I received a phone call from Dr. Gray apprising me that Mr. Travis had been hospitalized in Mckinney, Texas and what his condition was at that time.

"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. Since his transfer, his condition has stabilized and he has shown signs of improvement."

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