Country music legend Randy Travis has seen a lifetime of ups and downs. The last four years alone have provided plenty of material for the makings of a great country song.
In 2013, Randy suffered a stroke so extreme, it nearly killed him. The severe cardiomyopathy left the country singer in a coma, and his wife, Mary Davis-Travis, was forced with the hardest decision of her life.
Doctors suggested she “pull the plug” on her hit-making husband, as his chances of survival were slim-to-none. Still, Mary wasn’t interested in giving up on Randy.
“At this point, the one to two percent chance is 100 percent chance over zero,” Mary told USA Today in Feb. “I prayed hard, ‘God, please let me have him back, any way, shape or form.’”
To the surprise of EVERYONE, Randy managed to prove doctors wrong. He pulled through. But now faced with the challenges of no longer being able to walk, talk or sing, Randy embarked on an uphill battle to take his life back.
After numerous surgeries, six months in the hospital and years of therapy, Mary couldn’t be more proud today of the living miracle she gets to call her husband.
“Randy stared death in the face, but death blinked,” she said before an audience in 2016. It was the night Randy was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. “Today God’s proof of a miracle stands before you.”
Randy has faced tremendous trials and triumphs in his journey, but one thing Mary says she can always count on is her husband’s picture-perfect smile.
“He wakes up with a smile on his face, and he goes to bed with a smile on his face,” she says.
In addition to making several appearances this year, Randy has teamed up with longtime friend and musician Dave Alexander to raise money for the Randy Travis Foundation, which provides “support for victims of strokes and cardiovascular disease, as well as arts and entertainment education for at-risk children.”
Mary says her and Randy’s faith remains strong, and together they are hopeful for whatever God sends their way.
“We can still serve a purpose,” she says. “We just sing a new and different song now.”
Randy has and will continue to show doctors that God had better plans for him than Mary pulling the plug that day. And his wide slew of supportive country music fans will back him all the way.