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Randy Travis

Fitted with 'World's Smallest Heart Pump'

7/9/2013 2:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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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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46.

Linda Angel    

I'm trying to get registered

366 days ago
47.

Abby     

It seems like Randy has been fighting demons' most of his life. He has looked very thin and sick looking for quite awhile now. Hope he gets well soon! Have been a fan of his for years.

366 days ago
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ART AND DOROTHY AREGONI    

GOODLUCK RANDY - ALWAYS ENJOYED YOUR PERFORMANCES AND SONGS. EVEN LEARNED MOST OF THE EARLY ONES IN EARLY '80'S.
OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU.
ART AND DOROTHY AREGONI - MICHIGAN

366 days ago
49.

carol segovia    

Get well soon randy, you're in my prayers, love ya randy

366 days ago
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Dennis Mullins    

It WAS heart surgery, any surgery having to do with the heart IS heart surgery, like it or not.

366 days ago
51.

Tinkerbelle    

Why do some people always have bad things to say about people they don't like. Judge and YOU WILL BE JUDGED. Let's have some RESPECT. Grow up!!!

366 days ago
52.

Ronald Zmuda    

It's funny how many people will kick a man when he's down. Randy Travis is a country music legend and you can never take that away from him.

366 days ago
53.

ang    

my god it's so sad that we have become so mean and cold towards one another even in sickness as I read these comments the poor man possible loose his life and if we were in the same situation then we would want sympathy we have become real nasty toward one another and cold he have love one

366 days ago
54.

ang    

sad

366 days ago
55.

Brenda Chappell    

Love You Randy, went to every concert I could to see you and hear your magical voice and music...come back to us soon.

365 days ago
56.

Holly Barnett    

We have to keep hearing you sing,snap out of it now,we need you.Im 55 had Open Heart at 14,you can do it!!!!

365 days ago
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R. Hall    

There have been a lot of nasty comments posted here. Yes. Mr. Travis is an addict. He would not be here if he had made different choices. While this whole thing is very sad, he must be held accountable. That said, I just hope he makes a full recovery. God gave him a beautiful talent. I don't think He's ready for Randy to be silent quite yet!

365 days ago
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