The Christian Post > CP PT News Brief|Qua, 10 Jul. 2013 23:31 PM EST

Randy Travis Undergoes Surgery After Stroke, Publicist Asks for Prayers

PorAmanda Gigliotti | Repórter do The Christian Post

Country music star Randy Travis was in surgery late Wednesday after he suffered a stroke while at a hospital in Texas, his publicist Kirt Webster has reported.

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    Randy Travis.

According to Webster, the 54-year-old Travis suffered the stroke while he was being treated for congestive heart failure. He had a viral illness.

The surgery was to relieve pressure on his brain. The publicist said he remains in critical condition.

“His family and friends here with him at the hospital request your prayers and support,” Webster said in a news release.

The news came after his doctors said Travis had stabilized and has shown signs of improvement.

The Grammy Award-winning singer contracted a viral upper respiratory infection, which lead to a weakened heart muscle that eventually worsened into heart failure, according to Dr. William Gray.

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Randy Travis was initially hospitalized at Baylor Medical Center at McKinney, Texas. He was diagnosed with a presumptive cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure. The singer had to undergo a procedure to help blood flow.

Later he was transferred to The Heart Hospital at Baylor Plano also in Texas on Monday in order to have a higher level of specialized care, said Dr. Michael Mack.

The illness came as Travis was making several public appearances. He was in the Country Music Association Festival`s nightly concert lineup and he also performed at George Jone`s funeral.

On Wednesday Travis was set to perform in a show in Deadwood, South Dakota.

Travis is one of country music`s top-selling artists, has won seven Grammys, 10 Academy of Country Music Awards and 10 American Music Awards statuettes.

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