Christian music star Amy Grant has shared pictures after her “miraculous” recovery from recent open-heart surgery.
Grant had surgery two weeks ago to fix an issue that she has had since birth. Her condition, known as PVPA, is an abnormal heart condition that, according to the American Heart Association, about 9 of every 1,000 babies born in the U.S. contract.
She asked for prayer from her fans prior to her operation, and while she was nervous, just trusted God for the outcome.
“Hi everybody…. I know there is so much going on in the world right now,” she said in a post on Instagram.
“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.”
PAPV is a problem that occurs as the baby’s heart is developing during pregnancy, before the baby is born. Congenital heart defects are the most common birth defects.
A baby’s heart starts to develop at conception, but is completely formed by 8 weeks into the pregnancy. Congenital heart defects happen during this important first eight weeks of the baby’s development. Specific steps must take place for the heart to form correctly. Often, congenital heart defects are a result of one of these steps not happening at the right time. For example, a hole is left where a dividing wall should have formed, or a single blood vessel is left, where two should have been.
“Even stuff I was really scared about felt like nothing more than just a deep breath and something supernatural pushed me through it,” Grant continued. “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.”
Back in February, Grant tweeted that her doctor suggested she get fresh testing for her condition. Her father also passed away of heart disease at the age of 86.