Most of us have heard the incredible skill of Randy Travis, and we appreciate all he has to offer as a legendary country singer. Unfortunately, one day in 2013 hit the Travis family hard.
In 2013, in his Texas home, Randy was complaining of congestion. His lungs were filling up with fluid and he was losing strength. He was immediately rushed to the emergency room.
Randy found himself fighting for his life on a hospital bed. He almost died after a stroke while flatlining three times, which caused half of his brain to shut down.
Randy also suffered from a severe case of viral cardiomyopathy that left him in two separate comas with collapsed lungs. Even after he woke up from the second coma, Randy's condition worsened every day. He couldn't walk, talk, or complete simple day-to-day tasks.
Doctors advised his wife, Mary Travis, to remove life-support when things began to turn for the worse and his chances of survival were low. Mary had other plans for her husband.
"Life was minute to minute. They said 'pull the plug, there's no hope,'" said Mary.
The doctors offered life-changing brain surgery, but the odds of surviving were less than two percent.
“At this point, the 1 to 2% chance is 100% chance over zero,” Mary said. “I prayed hard, ‘God, please let me have him back, any way, shape or form.’”
Mary went to Randy's bedside and asked if he wanted to fight some more. While a tear was falling from his eye, he squeezed her hand. She knew he wanted to fight.
Thankfully, the surgery was successful. Randy was in the hospital for five and a half months while he and his wife tried everything they could. As Mary took him to rehab and other forms of therapy, she was beginning to see positive results. She was determined to get her husband back.
Mary was hopeful about a new activity someone suggested. Music. The power of music could have actually saved his life.
"I'll be honest with you, I didn't know if he was getting it. And I couldn't get any response to know if he was getting it," said lifelong musician and friend, Dave Alexander, when asked about the one-on-one music sessions.
The breakthrough with music was noticeable. Dave would start the music sessions with Randy's songs in hopes to jog Randy's memory and to spark something inside him.
"I can see it in his eyes. I just know when it reaches him. I have no doubt it reaches him," Dave said.
As for Mary, she was elated to hear Randy sing the first verse of "Amazing Grace." "It's a special song for us," she said.
Randy and Dave are still working together performing shows to help raise money for the Randy Travis Foundation. Dave said that all of the proceeds would go towards three different causes: cardiomyopathy research, for patients in stroke-recovery, and to keep music in schools.
By the grace of God, anything is possible. Please continue to keep Randy and Mary in your prayers. In other news, Vince Gill and Amy Grant share what Christmas means to them.