From bad to worse: Randy Travis suffers stroke

Jul 11, 2013 at 8:29 a.m. ET

Randy Travis is holding on after suffering a stroke in the midst of congestive heart failure.

Randy Travis

Country legend Randy Travis is still in critical condition, and has another malady to add to his health issues. The 54-year-old suffered a stroke while being treated for congestive heart failure — or viral cardiomyopathy — on Wednesday.

Publicist Kirt Webster confirmed the news in a press release, saying, "His family and friends here with him at the hospital request your prayers and support."

Earlier in the day, Drs. William Gray and Michael Mack of the Baylor Health Care System in Texas had given an optimistic report on Travis' recovery, saying, "His condition has stabilized, and he has shown signs of improvement. On behalf of Mr. Travis' family, friends and associates, we would like to express our extreme gratitude for the overwhelming affection and support that Mr. Travis has received."

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Dr. Gray explained that Travis was in good health until three weeks before he was hospitalized, when he developed a viral upper respiratory infection that weakened his heart muscle, eventually leading to congestive heart failure.

Webster corrected an earlier report that Travis had undergone heart surgery on Tuesday, explaining that the original procedure actually was to have an Impella peripheral left ventricular assist device placed in his heart for "stabilization while transferring hospitals."

The device is the world's smallest heart pump, and the procedure is minimally invasive.

According to Webster, Travis had surgery Wednesday night to relieve pressure in his brain.

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