RANDY TRAVIS has awoken from a stroke and was interacting with family and friends, his medical team said.

Doctors said Travis, 54, remains in critical condition and remains on a ventilator.

But Travis is now off the heart pump and is breathing spontaneously as his lung support system is gradually being reduced.

Mary Breougher, Travis' fiancée, thanked everyone for their prayers and support.

"I know that Randy feels each and every one of those," Davis said.

"He feels the hands of the doctors and the care of the nurses and the love of his fans. His friends and family have all been touched by that. He is responding well to voices and he sees and he understands. He's miles beyond where any of us thought he would be a few days ago."

Travis will stay at The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano for two to three more weeks before being transferred elsewhere else to begin aggressive physical therapy.

Docs say it will take months for Travis to recover from the stroke, but scans shows the swelling in his brain is subsiding  and he is making good progress in his recovery.

As The ENQUIRER reported previously The Grammy Award-winning "Three Wooden Crosses" was hospitalized on July 7.

Doctors said Travis had cardiomyopathy  and long term he should manage his weakened heart with medication.

Dr. Michael Mack, a cardiac surgeon and medical director of cardiovascular disease at Baylor Health Care System in Dallas, echocardiograms indicated the heart problem was not caused by drug and alcohol abuse.

"Mr. Travis does have a family history of cardiomyopathy and it is more likely related to that," Mack said.

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