Ever 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.