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Randy Travis Suffers Stroke, Undergoes Brain Surgery

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We’ve got an update on Randy Travis‘s health – now with 100% less mentions of Julia Roberts (oops!). In all seriousness, you probably remember he had a heart infection and was in critical condition at a Texas hospital. Now his rep has revealed that he actually suffered a stroke and has had to undergo brain surgery in order to relieve pressure on his brain.

From CNN:

Randy Travis suffered a stroke and underwent surgery to relieve pressure on his brain Wednesday evening, his publicist said.

“Mr. Randy Travis is out of surgery and in critical condition,” the hospital website announced Wednesday night.

The stroke is “a complication of his congestive heart failure” for which he is being treated at The Heart Hospital at Baylor Plano in Texas, Kirt Webster said.

“We will have updates as they become available,” Webster said.  “His family and friends here with him at the hospital request your prayers and support.”

Word of his setback came just hours after his doctors said Travis had “stabilized and he has shown signs of improvement.”

Apparently he had to transfer hospitals the other day in order to receive a higher level of care due to the seriousness of his condition.

Travis, 54, was transferred to The Heart Hospital at Baylor Plano in Texas on Monday, Dr. Michael Mack said.

“We determined together in a joint decision that a higher level of specialized care was appropriate, and therefore we transferred him to The Heart Hospital,” Mack said.

Doctors implanted a device in his heart to help blood flow. The singer “underwent the placement of an Impella peripheral left ventricular assist device for stabilization prior to transferring hospitals,” Travis spokesman Kirt Webster said in a written statement Tuesday.

Sounds pretty serious!