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Randy Travis awake, faces lengthy recovery from stroke

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Doctors for country singer Randy Travis said the star is awake and being weaned off a ventilator, but faces months of physical therapy to recover from a stroke.

In a video released to the media on Monday afternoon, doctors say Travis is "breathing spontaneously with the help of a ventilator" but should be breathing completely on his own sometime soon.

Travis is "awake and alert interacting with his family and friends" according to doctors.

Doctors at Baylor Health Care System in Dallas said Travis required emergency surgery last week to relieve pressure building up in his brain from the stroke. Scans now show decreased swelling of Travis' brain.

Doctors say Travis will remain hospitalized for two to three more weeks at The Heart Hospital in Plano. While there, Travis will begin physical therapy and eventually be transferred to an inpatient facility.

Travis' fiancee Mary Davis also spoke, thanking people for their prayers for Travis.

"I know that those are prayers that have helped mend his heart along with the skilled hands of the physicians and doctors and nurses here at The Heart Hospital of Baylor in Plano," Davis said.

"I know that Randy feels each and every one of those. He feels the hands of the doctors and the care of the nurses and the love of his fans. His friends and family have all been touched by that. He is responding well to voices and he sees and he understands. He's miles beyond where any of us thought he would be a few days ago.

"It's heart-warming to see that we have such a strong person under there that's willing to fight with us. We all know now that we had greatness to work with. We ask for your continued support. I know that Randy will be so touched by that when he understands the magnitude of it all."

Travis was hospitalized more than a week ago when a viral illness affected his heart. Doctors believed the illness triggered Travis' congestive heart failure, but now say scarring on Travis' heart caused the problems.

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