Ricky Skaggs Speaks Out Following Quadruple Bypass Surgery: ‘Blessing I Didn’t Have a Heart Attack’

by Will Shepard

Ricky Skaggs speaking out about his recent quadruple heart bypass surgery. The country and bluegrass legend found out he was having complications with his heart.

In June, Skaggs went in for his regular six-month doctor’s checkup. At the appointment, he told doctors what he had been dealing with for roughly six months. He told the doctors that he was finding himself short of breath randomly, his chest felt tight, and he was getting winded.

So, the doctors decided to give Skaggs an angiogram and a CT scan of his heart to get a better understanding of his heart. Immediately they recognized that something was seriously wrong.

In an interview with PEOPLE Magazine, Skaggs talks about the experience. He says that without going into the doctor’s office for the checkup, he might have died. Four days after the regular checkup, he was in surgery for a quadruple bypass. He didn’t imagine something was seriously wrong, instead, chalking it up to regular aging problems.

“I have thanked the Lord hundreds of times that I wasn’t out in the middle of Texas on a tour bus, miles away from a hospital. It was a major blessing I didn’t have a heart attack. Nothing was hurt, and nothing was destroyed or irreparable. It was just by the mercy and grace of God that all of this happened in this way.”

Skaggs Recovering From Heart Surgery

Skaggs was incredibly lucky to have been able to get to the bottom of this problem before it was too late. He says that he’s always living in fear of suffering a heart attack, and it is pure luck that this didn’t cause one.

“God gives us grace, but we all tend to kick in the boundaries of that grace. Sometimes, we are like a bull running through the fence of grace. But then, there comes a time when He has to come after us. I knew that I couldn’t stand in the shadows of my heart situation anymore. And I had been fearful of a heart attack or getting a stent put in all of this time, but now, I was in a corner. I had to address it.”

After the surgery, his doctor met with Skaggs to explain how well the surgery went. The doctor explains that Skaggs’ heart was not getting the proper blood flow it needed. When the surgery was just about finished, the doctor could see just how perfectly the heart was working.

“He told me that when he was finished with the bypasses, he literally was holding my heart in his hand, and my heart literally leaped in his hands when the blood started flowing through it again. I just started bawling. It was the most incredible thing I have ever heard in my life.”

Now, Skaggs is recovering well from the surgery and says that he feels “150% better” than he has in his life. He is also working on strengthening his heart muscles.

Additionally, if this story needs an even happier ending, Skaggs’ grandson was born. He also got to return to the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville to perform once again.