Country singer Randy Travis revealed in an interview with The Tennessean published Tuesday that he flatlined three times and doctors advised moving him off of life support following his stroke in July of 2013. Doctors told him he would never walk again, if he survived at all.
Three years and three months after his stroke, he walked on stage to be inducted as a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. He stood throughout his entire induction ceremony and sang “Amazing Grace.”
The interview Travis and his wife Mary gave to The Tennessean was the most revealing either of them have been since Travis’ stroke. In the interview, Travis says he mostly maneuvers around his Nashville home via wheelchair.
When asked if he is happy, Travis said:
“Well … no. Damaged.”
Travis said he can’t speak as well as he used to, but he can still sing.
His wife told The Tennessean she thinks he’ll sing Wednesday night at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville for a tribute to Travis featuring performances from Alabama, Kenny Rogers, Rodney Atkins, Chris Janson, Jamey Johnson, Montgomery Gentry, Michael Ray, Ricky Skaggs, Michael W. Smith, The Randy Travis Band, Tanya Tucker and Josh Turner.
“There is a perfectionist in him that knows he’s not singing exactly like he used to that keeps him from enjoying it like I wish he would,” Mary told The Tennessean.
To learn more about Travis’ road to recovery, read the full interview here.