- Country singer Randy Travis suffered a stroke in July 2013 that left him in a coma.
- He later underwent brain surgery, and was in the hospital for over 5 months recovering.
- He and his wife Mary are opening up about their battle in , and in his upcoming book,
Randy Travis has had a long road to recovery following the massive stroke he suffered over five years ago. Now, he and his wife, Mary, are opening up about the near-fatal incident, and how they’ve leaned on each other for strength.
Randy first went to the emergency room in July 2013 complaining of congestion, according to . He then “as a complication of his congestive heart failure,” that left him in a coma with a 1% chance of survival. Randy underwent brain surgery, and then spent nearly six months in the hospital recuperating. Following the procedure, he had to learn to walk again and still has difficulty speaking.
A constant pillar of hope throughout his battle has been Mary, who he wed in 2015. In fact, it was Mary who was adamant about not removing Randy from life support when his health was at its worst, a new interview with revealed.
“Even in his state, his semi coma state, he squeezed my hand and he laid there and I just saw this tear that fell and it was one tear at a time,” she said. “I just went back to the doctors and I said, ‘We’re fighting this.’”
And fight they did—the Grammy-winning legend continues to improve his health, and just celebrated his 60th birthday. He’s even taken some steps back into the limelight, bravely belting out “Amazing Grace” during his induction to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016 and releasing a new memoir in May 2019 titled, Forever and Ever, Amen.
But his outstanding career aside, what he and Mary are truly committed to is making the most of every moment they spend together.
“We make it a point to find something laugh about every single day,” she recently told . “That makes all the difference in the world. Even through the tears sometimes, of sadness and defeat, you smile.”