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Amy Grant Shares Update Following Open Heart Surgery: 'Prayer Changes Everything'

Musician Vince Gill and wife, singer Amy Grant, attend the Revlon Concert for the Rainforest Fund dinner and auction at The Pierre Hotel on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

Singer-songwriter Amy Grant underwent open heart surgery on June 3 to fix a heart condition she's had since birth. On Sunday, June 14, Grant shared photos and an update following her surgery.

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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

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In her message, Grant thanked her friends and fans for their prayers and compared the experience to "a non-runner who was signed up for a marathon."

"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," Grant wrote. "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."

Grant concluded her message with a reminder of the power of prayer and asked for continued prayers for the country.

"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."

Following the surgery, Grant's publicist, Velvet Kelm, shared that Grant's doctor said the surgery "couldn't have gone better."

"Thank you for so many prayers today. Amy is out of surgery and the doctor said it could not have gone better," reads a post on Amy Grant's official Facebook page. "We would ask for continued prayers over the days, weeks and months to come as she makes a full recovery... xo."

Grant, who's been married to country singer Vince Gill since 2000, previously announced that she discovered the heart condition after her doctor, John Bright Cage, suggested she have a check up because of her dad's heart history. Doctors discovered the singer had partial anomalous pulmonary venous return (PAPVR).

"Instead of concerts and camping trips this summer, I am going to take care of my heart," Grant wrote in February. "Are you taking care of yours? Please do."

 

Read More: Vince Gill and Amy Grant: Inside Their Love Story

In 1982, Grant released her breakthrough album Age to Age, featuring "El Shaddai." She's continued to release several successful albums, including 1991's Heart in Motion, which featured the pop hit "Baby Baby," "Every Heartbeat," "That's What Love is For" and "I Will Remember You." She's sold over 30 million albums worldwide and has won six Grammy Awards.

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