Nearly two weeks after undergoing open heart surgery, singer Amy Grant is updating fans on what happened and how her recovery is going. In a post to social media, the “Baby, Baby” singer shared that the surgery was unexpected, but everything went great.
“I know there is so much going on in the world right now. This is a crazy, broken, yet beautiful time. And in the midst of all of that – in the midst of all of our awareness and becoming and learning to love and see each other – I’ve had this really unique experience of having an unanticipated open heart surgery,” she began her letter to fans.
“The only way I can explain my experience would be to ask you to imagine a non-runner who was signed up for a marathon. I didn’t want it, but I had to have it anyway and it was a week ago Wednesday. And as people heard about the surgery I started getting messages: ‘I’m praying for you’ …’I’m praying for you.’ People I worked with decades ago, people who have come to my concerts or listen to my music, my work family, people on social media, and my own friends and family all offered their prayers. And now, ten days later, I just want to say, from the moment I went to the hospital, if it really were a marathon race, I felt like I got into that runners block and as soon as it was time for the race to start there was this massive West Texas wind at my back.. just pushing me through. Even stuff I was really scared about felt like nothing more than just a deep breath and something supernatural pushed me through it.
“My recovery has honestly felt miraculous,” she continued. “And so I want to say thank you to each person who said a prayer for me. Prayer changes everything. Let’s keep those prayers going for our country and lets turn all the brokenness into love and seeing each other. I love you.”
The note, signed “Amy,” was the first from the singer since her team shared the news that she’d be undergoing surgery to correct a pre-existing condition.
“From Team Amy – with all that is going on in our world that needs our collective prayer, please also join us in praying for Amy this week as she has heart surgery to correct her PAPVR condition,” the post read. They updated five hours later, alerting fans that the surgery had been a success and she was in post-op.
According to the Mayo Clinic, Partial anomalous pulmonary venous return (PAPVR) is a defect that is present at birth where the pulmonary veins that carry blood from the lungs to the heart flow into other blood vessels or the heart’s right chamber instead of correctly flowing into the left chamber.