Randy Travis Remains Sedated And In Critical Condition

Randy Travis (File)

DALLAS (July 12, 2013)--Country music star Randy Travis, 54, remained in critical condition and under heavy sedation Friday after undergoing surgery to relieve pressure on his brain following a stroke Wednesday night at The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano.

Travis was resting comfortably and his family continues to ask for prayers and support, a hospital statement said Friday.

The Grammy Award-winning singer has been surrounded by family and friends and was visited Thursday by George Jones' widow, Nancy, who played music for her late husband's longtime friend.

In a video statement released Wednesday, doctors reported that Travis was in good health until three weeks before he was hospitalized in critical condition in Dallas and was in congestive heart failure because of a viral respiratory illness he contracted.

Travis was admitted Sunday to Baylor Medical Center in McKinney with “presumptive cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure,” said Dr. William Gray, the director of cardiovascular services at Baylor Medical Center at McKinney.

“He had been in previously excellent health until three weeks prior when he developed a viral upper respiratory illness,” Gray said.

On Monday, Gray and Dr. Michael Mack, the director of cardiovascular disease at the Baylor Health Care System in Dallas, decided to transfer Travis to the Heart Hospital Baylor Plano.

“Since his transfer, his condition has stabilized and he has shown signs of improvement,” Mack said Wednesday.

Cardiomyopathy can lead to heart failure.

Treatments range from medications and surgically implanted devices to heart transplants.