Over the last few days, rumors have been swirling that Randy Travis has contracted pneumonia while in a Dallas-area rehab facility, recovering from a recent stroke he had while being treated for a heart condition. The primary source of that information appears to be fellow traditional country music star and Randy Travis friend Sammy Kershaw. Sammy took to his Facebook page a few days ago to say,
Olde friend Randy Travis needs our prayers. Had a little setback this weekend. He has developed pneumonia. Let’s rock on for him.
Randy Travis was admitted the the hospital on July 7th for complications with viral cardiomyopathy—a weakening of the heart muscle caused by a viral infection. Travis underwent placement of a ventricular assist device for stabilization before being transferred to The Heart Hospital at Baylor in Plano, TX. Then on July 10th, Randy Travis suffered a stroke and had to undergo emergency surgery to relieve pressure on his brain.
On July 31st, Travis was discharged from the hospital to an inpatient physical therapy rehabilitation facility to help deal with the effects of the stroke. Doctors said Randy would need “months” of rehabilitation.
Several unconfirmed reports have also said the family of Randy is asking for prayers for the ailing country star. So far there’s been no official word from Randy Travis’s camp about the pneumonia, the severity of the illness, or any update on Randy’s overall recovery. You can follow a timeline of Randy’s recent health problems HERE.