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Randy Travis

Fitted with 'World's Smallest Heart Pump'

7/9/2013 2:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Randy Travis has been outfitted with a device that's considered the "world's smallest heart pump" ... TMZ has learned.

Travis' publicist, Kirt Webster, tells TMZ ... the singer did NOT undergo heart surgery, contrary to reports, but did have an Impella peripheral left ventrical assist device placed in his heart for "stabilization while transferring hospitals."

According to the company that makes the Impella device, the pump is commonly inserted through a "standard catheterization procedure" -- in which the doctor inserts a catheter into an artery in either the arm, groin or neck and send it all the way to the heart.

We're told the device is considered the world's smallest heart pump -- the same size as a coffee stirrer and smaller in diameter than a pencil.

FYI -- according to the Mayo Clinic, a ventricular assist device (VAD) is "an implantable mechanical pump that helps pump blood from the lower chambers of your heart (the ventricles) to the rest of your body."

Travis' rep insists the procedure is minimally invasive -- and therefore NOT considered heart surgery.

Travis has also issued a statement ... saying, "We are very thankful to the fans for their love and support during this time."

We're told cards and well wishes can be sent to:
Randy Travis
266 Blanks Road
Tioga, Texas 76271


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1.

Jon    

The Downtown Devil to tabloid reporting with Harvey guess it could be expected. Sparky still wants the degree back though.

471 days ago
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jill    

he had a device placed inside his body to help his heart..

it may not have been a triple by pass but, it was a surgery FOR HIS heart... Id still say it qualifies as heart surgery..

471 days ago
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karma    

I never liked him. He's a Homophobic alcoholic terrible singer.

471 days ago
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Ballsdeep Salamjampour    

RADNY!!!! I can't stop thinking about you!!!!! I just wrote you 6 cards because I couldn't say it all in one!!! Don't leave us here!!!!!

471 days ago
5.

Keith    

Having this device implanted to assist the heart's efficiency IS INDEED heart surgery.

What an idiot.

471 days ago
6.

atimes3    

I think TMZ just posted Randy's home address. Looked it up and it's a 3.6 million house. Not sure he wants that posted...

471 days ago
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Mikey    

You always do that prior to transfer. - Thats standard procedure.

471 days ago
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Mikey    

He'll be drinking with Glen Campbell in no time.

471 days ago
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Kabala    

Shocking - he's such a model of clean living...

471 days ago
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I-See-Dumb-People    

The LVAD is what D!ck Cheney had while waiting for his heart transplant.

471 days ago
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Chrama    

People are fools. A "Impella peripheral left ventricular assist device" is like a catheter for your heart. Not surgery....

Second of all.... Randy is a neighbor of mine. I can not believe they put his home address for well wishes I wonder if that was a mistake

471 days ago
12.

Donka Do Ball    

Get well soon, Randy.
We need you to murder Amy Shumer's Vagina.

471 days ago
13.

Jon    

Wonder how much alcohol the little pump can take before he kicks?

471 days ago
14.

Shoozie    

Sounds like a newer version of a pacemaker. Get well soon.

471 days ago
15.

bazinga    

World's smallest heart pump for the world's most idiot man.

471 days ago
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