Singer Amy Grant is on the mend after undergoing open heart surgery to correct a rare heart condition she’s had since childhood, but only recently discovered during a medical exam.
According to Grant’s publicist, a routine checkup revealed a diagnosis of partial anomalous pulmonary venous return (PAPVR) during a routine checkup, in which one or two of the pulmonary veins of the heart drain blood into the right atrium instead of the left atrium, causing causes oxygen-rich blood to flow back to the lungs instead of on to the rest of the body.
“She had open heart surgery to correct a condition from birth the doctors discovered during a heart check up called PAPVR,” a rep for Grant told Today.
“Thankfully the doctor said it could not have gone better,” the rep added. “We’re praying for a full and easy recovery over the next few days, weeks, and months to come.”
Grant’s social media asked fans to share their prayers.
From Team Amy – with all that is going on in our world that needs our collective prayer, please also join us in praying…
Thanks were later offered after the surgery proved to be successful.
“Thank you for so many prayers today. Amy is out of surgery and the doctor said it could not have gone better. We would ask for continued prayers over the days, weeks and months to come as she makes a full recovery… xo,” read an update.
Thank you for so many prayers today. Amy is out of surgery and the doctor said it could not have gone better. We would…
In the days following her surgery, Grant shared an update on Instagram showing off her new scar.
“My recovery has honestly felt miraculous. And so I want to say thank you to each person who said a prayer for me,” she wrote in a lengthy caption. “Prayer changes everything. Let’s keep those prayers going for our country and let’s turn all the brokenness into love and seeing each other. I love you. Amy.”
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Hi everybody…. 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. 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. 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. Amy
Grant has been married to country music artist Vince Gill since 2000.