In 2013, county music icon and commited Christian Randy Travis suffered a massive stroke. He then had surgery to relieve pressure on his brain. Following his stroke, and despite physical therapy, Travis was unable to sing or speak and for more than a year had to rely on a cane to walk. As of November 2014, he was slowly recovering, could walk short distances without assistance and was relearning how to write and play the guitar, according to his then-fiancée Mary Davis
Sitting down with Life Today, Travis and his wife reveal that his heart is in "near perfect" condition after a virus made its way to the organ, causing the stroke and landing Travis in rehab every day for more than two years. In addition, Travis is beginning to relearn speech and walking stronger, an outcome his doctors initially viewed as nearly impossible.
"It got to the point where they had given up hope, but the beautiful thing was, Randy... Randy and God have this thing going on," Mary says. "He's so brave, so courageous. He never once gave up." But even better news is that the beloved singer offers a strong "yes" when asked if music still comes to him.
In 2016, it was reported he had recovered his voice after about three years of rehabilitation and therapy and could perform again. He attended his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame on October 16, 2016, where he performed a rendition of Amazing Grace.