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Sep
19

Randy Travis Health Update: First Video of Star Since Stroke

September 19, 2014 - By Trigger  //  News  //  16 Comments

randy-travis-walkingEver since Randy Travis suffered a severe heart malady and subsequent stroke on July 7th of 2013, fans have been concerned about the condition of the country star, with little to no true information about his health condition or status, or his prognosis for recovery. Pictures have emerged of the ailing country star upon occasion as Randy still tries to recover from paralysis suffered during the stroke and emergency brain surgery he underwent to relieve pressure on his brain, but video that can help more clearly define how Randy has been doing has been absent.

Now we get to see the first video of Randy, who is seen walking with the aid of a cane and looking good as he attended an annual fundraising function in in Denison, TX for Four Rivers Outreach at a North Texas Regional Airport hangar. Though Randy looks healthy, he is still not speaking much, which is what he’s working most on according to his fiancee Mary Davis.

“Every day we go to speech therapy and physical therapy and occupational therapy,” says Mary Davis to ABC’s KTEN in Texoma who was was covering the function. “We’re learning words and phrases, learning to sing, of course, the music and the songs come easy for him, just the enunciation of words. But he’s working on it! He’s got the heart of a warrior and he doesn’t stop … He knows that the road ahead of us is is long and tedious, but he’s up for the challenge and he’s never never shied away from it. Never asked why me.”

The fundraiser crowd applauded when Travis walking into the hangar and was able sit down unassisted. Randy was released from impatient care in October of 2013.

Larry Gatlin was also at the fundraiser. “I have not seen randy since last year when we were here. I really feel bad about what has happened to him.” Randy performing at the Four River Outreach benefit helped the organization raise $169,000 last year. This year they hoped to crest $200,000, and though Travis couldn’t perform, his appearance after his health issues still made the night special. “Just being able to be here is a big improvement because he couldn’t even get out of the hospital and travel for a long time,” said Executive Director Arthur Horn.

See the complete report from KTEN below.

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Jul
25

Randy Travis to Release New Album Despite Health Issues

July 25, 2014 - By Trigger  //  News  //  7 Comments

randy-travis-the-influence-vol-2-the-man-i-amThe health status of Randy Travis still remains very much in question, but that is not stopping the Randy Travis camp and Warner Bros. from releasing the second installment of his Influence: The Man I Am series on August 12th. The first album in the series was released on September 30th, 2013—a few months after Randy suffered a serious heart condition and subsequent stroke. Travis had to undergo brain surgery, and has been taking part in significant rehabilitation and physical therapy ever since the health episode.

Randy’s Influence series of releases looks to chronicle the classic country songs that went into the sound that may Randy Travis one of the most popular and influential country music artists of the late 80′s and into the 90′s and beyond. The new collection includes covers of Hank Snow’s “I’m Movin’ On”, Kris Kristofferson’s “Sunday Morning Coming Down”, Hank Williams’ “Mind Your Own Business”, and Waylon Jennings’ “Only Daddy That’ll Walk The Line”. It also includes the Randy Travis tribute to George Jones “Tonight I’m Playin’ Possum” written by Keith Gattis. Randy’s performance of the song at the 2013 CMA Fan Fest was one of his last public performances before his health issues (see below). Travis recorded both volumes in the Influence: The Man I Am series before last year’s health scare.

The extent of Randy’s paralysis after his stroke and surgery, and if he will ever sing again have been a topic of great speculation in the tabloid press, with multiple unnamed and named sources leaking conflicting information about Randy’s health status, while pictures of Randy appearing in public continue to surface. Last week yet another story citing an unnamed source surfaced in Closer Magazine, saying, “He hasn’t plateaued in his recovery, which is always a big fear. He really faces a long, tough battle.” The story also cites songwriter and Randy Travis friend Bonnie Paul who says, “He’s taking great strides and getting better. He’s a cowboy! If he gets back his strength, then anything is possible.”

Meanwhile any true health information about Randy’s status remains unclear, and his camp has yet to release any official statements about his prognosis or rate of recovery.

READ: Lack of Information on Randy Travis Leading to Unnecessary Speculation

This Influence: The Man I Am series gives Randy Travis fans something new to listen to while Randy continues his hard-fought recovery to better health.

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Jun
24

Lack of Information on Randy Travis Leading to Unnecessary Speculation

June 24, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  9 Comments

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On Saturday (6-21), gossip site TMZ posted a story about ailing country music star Randy Travis, and how he’s currently infirmed, unable to speak, and how it is unclear if he is even lucid enough to follow a conversation. TMZ’s unnamed source says he is just now finally able to walk with a cane, but that his speech has yet to come back, though it also says that with therapy, Randy could “return to the stage … possibly in 3 years.”

Though some of the information seems plausible, other parts of it contradict previous reports about Randy’s condition from a named source. In early February, Randy’s father Harold Traywick told another celebrity magazine Closer Weekly about what the magazine characterized as Randy’s “miraculous” recovery, quoting Traywick as saying, “He’s getting his voice back now, little by little.” Another unnamed source was cited in the short article saying, “Randy’s doctors are extremely pleased with his progress.”

This is a little bit of a different picture from what yet another tabloid, The National Enquirer published in November of 2013, also quoting Harold Traywick as saying, ““Randy is still paralyzed on his right side. He can’t walk and he can barely speak. There’s nothing more doctors can do. Randy’s chances of a full recovery don’t look good.” That story also included an unnamed source, just like the Closer Weekly story, speaking right beside Randy’s father.It also is worth pointing out that Traywick previously used The National Enquirer to air dirty laundry during Randy’s 2012 breakdown, illustrating a schism between the two at that time.

One of first pictures of Randy Travis to surface, with fiancee right behind him.

One of first pictures of Randy Travis to surface, with fiancee right behind him.

Then there is the matter of the pictures of Randy Travis that keep surfacing. The first set arrived in January of Randy riding around in a golf cart on his ranch in Tioga, TX, and posing with his fiancee, Mary Beougher. This was the first we had seen of the ailing star since his health issues. Then there was the picture of Randy with Neal McCoy on February 7th at a show in Dallas, dubbed as Randy’s first public appearance since his heart problems and stroke. And most recently a picture surfaced of Randy and Dolly Parton from earlier in June. Parton was performing in Oklahoma, just over the Texas border, and took time to pose with Randy.

Randy Travis was initially admitted to the hospital on July 7th, 2013 for viral cardiomyopathy, or a weakening of the heart muscle. While being treated for the condition at The Heart Hospital in Plano, TX, Travis suffered a stroke as a complication to the treatment, and had to undergo emergency surgery to relieve pressure on his brain. The surgery was successful, but Travis remained in the hospital until late July when he was moved to a rehabilitation facility to deal with the effects of the stroke. Travis remained in inpatient care until October 11th when he returned to his ranch in Tioga.

While Travis was in the hospital in Plano, TX, the medical professionals and his fiancee were open and forthright about the singer’s condition, at one point holding a press conference to explain the complexities of what had happened to him. But since he was transferred to the impatient rehabilitation facility, any information that has come out has been in bits and pieces, much from unnamed sources, some of which has contradicted itself, and none of which has been confirmed by anyone officially from the Randy Travis camp, leading to an environment of rumor, misinformation, and conjecture about Randy’s condition.

Travis w/ Neil McCoy. Fiancee can be seen in background.

Travis w/ Neil McCoy. Fiancee can be seen in background.

In fact the Randy Travis camp hasn’t even acknowledged Randy’s health issues, unless you want to count the appearance of his fiance at the hospital press conference on July 15th of 2013. Any information officially from his camp has been about his recent release of the album Influence Vol. 1: The Man I Am, or about other incidental happenings. But there has been no prognosis, no diagnosis of Randy’s condition from anyone who can be confirmed to speak officially for the ailing artist.

The next question to ask, and it is an important one, is if it is any of our business? Many times in situations like this, families ask for privacy. However, the Travis family has not asked for privacy, and while Randy’s father seems to be willing to speak to whatever tabloid will have him, and his fiancee or someone else has been approving of the photos of Randy being posted publicly, there has been absolutely no fundamental information released about Randy’s condition. The information that has been released has been unhelpful, and misleading, while the photos paint a rosy picture of Randy’s health that are likely not accurate.

Randy & Dolly Parton in early June, 2014

Randy & Dolly Parton in early June, 2014

Regardless of all the various reports from named and unnamed sources, somewhere there is a team of doctors caring for Randy, and within that team there are official prognoses and diagnoses about his condition. His physical therapists have ways to measure the amount of paralysis he is suffering from, as well as his improvement rated by percentages. Speech pathologists and other therapists have specific information about how much Randy is able to speak or not speak, and can also give specifics about any improvement, or potential for improvement in the future. Yet instead of being given this information, even in the smallest of amounts and in the most respectful of manners, Randy’s fans are left to see saw from one story to another from sources they’re not sure they can trust, delivered by tabloids.

In one respect, it is no business of the public what Randy’s condition is. Medical information is private, and protected by law as such. But that hasn’t stopped Randy’s father, and a handful of unnamed sources talking to the media about his condition in amateur reports that seem to be focused on superficial observations instead of medical prognoses.

They way you fight rumor and conjecture is with facts and information, and we have received none of that from the Randy Travis camp. The fans of Randy Travis are concerned about the star. Their thoughts, and their prayers have been asked for, and have been given, and they want to know how Randy is doing, and they don’t want to have to seek that information out from TMZ or The National Enquirer, especially when it appears to be incorrect, or at the least, contradictory.

Clearly Randy is not able to sing. He clearly hasn’t fully recovered, or he would have already made a live public appearance, and it is understandable that with a performer of his stature, there may be reluctance to give too much information. But his fans are understanding. Many want to help Randy fight this battle. They want to know specifically where to focus their thoughts and prayers. They can take the news, whatever it is. What they can’t take is incorrect news, and being gamed by tabloids. This is Randy Travis, not Kim Kardashian. Randy may not be able to speak, but it is well beyond time for his family, his management, or his label to speak in an official capacity to stamp out rumors, and paint an accurate picture of Randy’s condition.

Jun
7

Randy Travis Health Update: Emerges with Dolly Parton

June 7, 2014 - By Trigger  //  News  //  22 Comments

randy-travisEver since the health problems started for Randy Travis on July 7th, 2013 when the singer was admitted to the hospital for viral cardiomyopathy (a weakening of the heart muscle), and then suffered a stroke as a complication to his treatment and had to have emergency surgery to alleviate pressure on his brain, fans have been concerned for the welfare of Randy, and real news on his status and progress has been scarce.

There have been some good signs of progress here and there however in the form of pictures surfacing occasionally of the singer, including in January when he was seen on his ranch in Tioga, TX near Dallas, and later in February when he made his first public appearance at a Neal McCoy concert in Dallas. Now Randy, who was released from a physical rehabilitation facility on October 11th, 2013, recently attended a Dolly Parton concert at the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, OK on May 31st, and Dolly posted a picture of her, Randy, and country singer Janie Fricke through her Tumblr account with the message, “It was so great to have Randy Travis at my show! Randy is one of my good friends and one of my favorite singer/songwriters of all time.  He was looking good and doing great!”

Though there has yet to be any official word from the Randy Travis camp about the extent of the paralysis suffered during the stroke, or specifics on how his recovery is going, Randy’s father Harold Traywick told Closer Magazine in early February that, “He’s getting his voice back now, little by little.” Another unnamed source said that Randy is “anxious to get back to work and connect with his fans,” and is willing to do “whatever it takes to regain everything [he] lost.” Randy has been working through grueling physical therapy sessions to improve his strength and motor skills. “Randy’s doctors are extremely pleased with his progress,” says the source.

Neal McCoy also told People Magazine in early March, “He looks great, but is still struggling to use both of his hands. “I don’t know if he’ll ever fully recover, but he’s a tough guy with a work ethic. He’s getting his voice back now, little by little.”

Though there’s no official word from doctors whether they think Randy Travis will ever be able to perform again, the pictures of him in public continue to be positive news.

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Jan
21

Photos of a Recovering Randy Travis Surface

January 21, 2014 - By Trigger  //  News  //  18 Comments

randy-travis-ranch-2Photos of a recovering Randy Travis have finally been surfacing on Twitter over the recent days—the first glimpse concerned country music fans have seen of the future Country Hall of Famer since he suffered a stroke and subsequent health issues in July of 2013. A smiling Travis looks to be on the road to recovery.

Randy Travis was initially admitted to the hospital on July 7th, 2013 for viral cardiomyopathy, or a weakening of the heart muscle. While being treated for the condition at The Heart Hospital in Plano, TX, Travis suffered a stroke as a complication to the treatment, and had to undergo emergency surgery to relieve pressure on his brain. The surgery was successful, but Travis remained in the hospital until late July when he was moved to a rehabilitation facility to deal with the effects of the stroke. While in rehab, Travis contracted pneumonia according to friend Sammy Kershaw. Travis remained in inpatient care until October 11th when he returned to his ranch in Tioga, TX.

randy-travis-ranch-1On January 19th, family friend Anthony Maurizio posted a black and white photo of Randy with his fiance Mary Beougher standing behind him, with the caption “Glad to see Randy Travis healing nicely.” Bobby and Lisa Vaughn also posted photos of Randy on Jan. 19th sitting in a covered ATV at his ranch in Tioga.

In early November, Randy’s father Harold Traywick gave the grim outlook that Randy Travis may never perform again, saying that Randy was paralyzed on his right side and could barely speak. Since then, the news has been more upbeat about Randy’s recovery. Artist Bonnie Paul who has co-written songs with Randy said through Twitter on December 9th, 2013 that Randy was out of the wheelchair and able to walk with a walker. Then on December 20th she said that Randy was walking on his own.

Specifics on Randy’s condition have been hard to come by for fans worried about the long-term effects from Randy’s recent health problems, leading to much speculation and concern. Randy himself has yet to make any public appearances or statements since his recent health scare, and there has been no official word from doctors on the severity of his condition or the long-term prognosis.

Photos from Anthony Maurizio:

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Nov
4

Randy Travis May Never Perform Again, Says Father

November 4, 2013 - By Trigger  //  News  //  51 Comments

randy-travisNews from the camp of Randy Travis was bleak this weekend when sources close to the country music singer painted a grim picture about the prospects for Randy’s long-term recovery and the possibility of him performing in the future. According to Randy’s father Harold Traywick, “Randy is still in very bad shape. It’s possible he’ll never perform again.”

Other, unnamed sources went into further detail with tabloid magazine The National Enquirer, saying that Travis had to have a portion of his skull removed during emergency brain surgery that was then reattached with titanium screws. One source described as a family friend says, “Randy is still paralyzed on his right side. He can’t walk and he can barely speak. There’s nothing more doctors can do. Randy’s chances of a full recovery don’t look good.” This source could not be verified independently by Saving Country Music, and no official word from Randy or his publicist has been given about his long-term prognosis.

Randy Travis was initially admitted to the hospital on July 7th, 2013 for viral cardiomyopathy, or a weakening of the heart muscle. While being treated for the condition at The Heart Hospital in Plano, TX, Travis suffered a stroke as a complication to the treatment, and had to undergo emergency surgery to relieve pressure on his brain. The surgery was successful, but Travis remained in the hospital until late July when he was moved to a rehabilitation facility to deal with the effects of the stroke. While in rehab, Travis contracted pneumonia according to friend Sammy Kershaw. Travis remained in inpatient care until October 11th when he returned to his ranch in Tioga, TX.

Specifics on Randy’s condition have been very hard to come by for fans worried about the long-term effects from Randy’s recent health problems, leading to much speculation and concern. Randy himself has yet to make any public appearances or statements since his recent health scare.

Aug
22

Sammy Kershaw: Randy Travis Has Developed Pneumonia in Rehab

August 22, 2013 - By Trigger  //  News  //  5 Comments

randy-travisOver 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.

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