Travis' publicist says singer suffered stroke, underwent surgery

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 10, 2013 at 9:38 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 10 at 11:54 PM

  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Randy Travis' publicist says the singer has suffered a stroke in a Texas hospital and had to have surgery.  

   Publicist Kirt Webster said Travis was undergoing surgery Wednesday night to relieve pressure on his brain. He has been in critical condition.

   Doctors say country music star Randy Travis was in good health until three weeks before he was hospitalized and is in congestive heart failure because of a viral respiratory illness he contracted.
 
   The information came in a video statement from Drs. William Gray and Michael Mack of The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano on Wednesday.
 
   The singer underwent a procedure to increase blood flow after being admitted to a Texas hospital Sunday with viral cardiomyopathy (kahr-dee-oh-my-OP-uh-thee), a heart condition caused by a virus.
 
   The 54-year-old Grammy Award-winning singer, best known for hits "Forever and Ever, Amen" and "Three Wooden Crosses," became ill after a virus infected his heart muscle, causing it to become weakened and enlarged so that it could not pump properly. Cardiomyopathy can lead to heart failure.

 

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