Randy Travis defied the odds when he survived a massive stroke back in 2013. None of it, including some ability to sing again, would have been possible had it not been for his strong faith.
Randy Travis became a legend in the music industry long before his massive stroke in 2013, evident by his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016. But he wouldn't have been alive that long if it hadn't been for his faith, according to his wife, Mary.
Randy Travis and Mary Travis attend the Medallion Ceremony on October 22, 2017, in Nashville, Tennessee. | Source: Getty Image.
During a new interview with Rolling Stone, Mary Travis opened up about Randy's health battle and said that sheer determination, support and rehabilitation helps a great deal in his continued recovery.
But it's Randy's unwavering faith that enabled him to perform a verse of "Amazing Grace" during the Country Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony much to everyone's astonishment.
Doctors gave Randy less than one percent chance to live after he suffered a massive stroke that kept him in the hospital for almost six months.
Comatose for a period of time, Randy also required brain surgery while the stroke resulted in aphasia - which leaves the brain unable to express or understand speech. Recalling the difficult time, Mary said:
"There’s no way we could have gotten through what we got through without our faith. We leaned real hard on God. Every day we still do."
Spending quarantine life at their ranch in Texas, Travis had to work really hard even to regain the ability to walk again. An ongoing process, Mary said that the biggest moments came in the small victories.
With an injury that big, Randy had to keep his steps to recover "tiny," and it understandably results in a fair bit of frustration.
Following a breakthrough, Randy's recovery would reach a "plateaus" before another "spurt of improvement" keeps the cycle going, so every little successful step is a "huge thing." However, when Randy needs his spirits lifted, all he needs is music, as Mary added:
"If you want to see somebody come to life, watch somebody come in here with a guitar and start playing music."
Relatedly, the famous televangelist, Jim Bakker also recently suffered a stroke. The medical setback caused Bakker to take a break from his popular television program.
Heading the advice from his medical professional, Bakker is said to return to hi religious show, and according to his wife Lori, he is still as close to his maker as ever.