Everyday Health had the opportunity to speak with the country music musician and his wife about the ways in which he is coping with a sickness that has a significant impact on his ability to communicate and the ways in which he finds hope through singing.
In July of 2013, country music artist Randy Travis went to the hospital's emergency room because he was suffering from a cold.
The 54-year-old actor had a role in a TV pilot that was about to be shown, so his schedule was packed with filming and touring commitments.
On the other hand, none of it took place. Travis was transferred to Heart Hospital Baylor in Dallas to receive treatment for dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), a disorder that is caused by an infection of the heart caused by a virus. When someone has DCM, the heart valves enlarge and become less effective at pumping blood because of this.
At one point, his heart completely stopped beating, and doctors hurried to start life support on him and put him into a coma against his will, both of which can assist protect the brain.
After Travis had been asleep for forty-eight hours, medical professionals discovered that he had suffered a stroke that had an impact on the entirety of the center of his left brain.
The medical staff suspected that he had sustained his injuries as a result of a blood clot that originated in his heart and then traveled to his brain.
During Travis's second coma, when his lungs had failed and he was on life support, the doctors told his then-fiancée Mary that he only had a 1% chance of living and that she should think about turning off life support. Travis had been in a coma before, but this was the second time.