Randy Travis has not had heart surgery after being hospitalized earlier this week, despite a recent report, but did undergo a medical procedure and remains in critical condition, OTRC.com has learned.
Travis, who is 54 and who was born Randy Traywick, was admitted to a medical facility in Texas on Sunday after suffering from complications of a heart ailment. His spokesperson announced the news on Monday.
"Contrary to reports, Randy Travis has not undergone heart surgery," his rep said in a statement to OTRC.com on Tuesday, July 9. "Travis is being treated for viral cardiomyopathy. Travis was admitted into a Texas hospital on Sunday and underwent placement of an IMPELLA peripheral left ventricular assist device for stabilization prior to transferring hospitals. The Grammy winner remains in critical condition."
"We are very thankful to the fans for their love and support during this time," the spokesperson quoted Travis himself as saying.
Teresa Traywick, the wife of Randy's brother Ricky, told People magazine in comments posted on Tuesday that they had "been told" the singer had surgery, adding: "Our prayers are going out to him because my husband just had a heart attack last year, so it is in their family. Their mother passed away at an early age with her heart, so it is like these boys are following right in their footsteps. My prayers are with them. That's all I can say right now."
An IMPELLA device is inserted with a catheter through the femoral artery in the groin and helps the heart pump blood when it is unable to do so on its own. It is often used as a temporary solution prior to more evasive heart surgery. It is unclear if Travis will require any.
Viral cardiomyopathy weakens and enlarges the heart muscle and could lead to heart failure if left untreated. Possible treatments include surgery and medication, according to the Mayo Clinic website.
Travis, who is known for hits such as "Three Wooden Crosses" and "Forever and Ever, Amen," was set to begin a tour on July 10. Several dates have been postponed. Check out the list below:
- July 10 - Deadwood Mountain Grand Casino in Deadwood, South Dakota
- July 12 - Living Sky Casino in Swift Current, Canada
- July 13 - Craven Country Jamboree in Regina, Canada
- July 14 - McPhillips Street Station Casino in Winnipeg, Canada
Cards and well wishes for Randy Travis can be mailed to the following address:
- Randy Travis
266 Blanks Road
Tioga, Texas 76271