Randy Travis's wife, Mary, revealed how doctors told her that the country superstar wouldn't recover from a stroke three years ago.
As reported by US Magazine, Mary delivered an emotional speech as she helped her husband accept the honor given to him in the Country Music's Hall of Fame in Nashville.
"They really said there was no hope; go ahead and pull the plug," Mary tearfully recalled. "I went to his bedside and I said, 'Baby, you've got to give me some more fight.'"
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She continued: "And I knew that he had had a little talk with Jesus, because he squeezed my hand, and a little tear fell down. And I knew he wasn't through yet. He's a wonderful man; he's a wonderful husband. I'm blessed beyond measure to get to walk beside him."
Randy and Mary were still engaged when he suffered stroke in July 2013. They tied the knot in Texas two years later.
Despite the debilitating stroke, Randy continued to have a positive outlook.
Mary praised her husband for his optimism throughout his struggle with the effects of the stroke.
She said Randy would always wake up with a smile on his face and goes to bed still smiling.
"The music does come easy. He plays every single chord, and he knows all the words. I'm exactly where I need to be and want to be, and from Randy's standpoint, he's gonna be back. He loves music too much," she was quoted as saying in the US Magazine report.
Randy gained prominence with the release of his album Storms of Life in mid-1980s. Selling more than four million copies, the album established him as a performer in the country music genre.
Over the course of his career, Randy has sold more than 25 million records and has received six Grammy awards and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, among others.