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Ram Herrera says ‘I’m glad to be alive’ in exclusive KXTN interview [AUDIO]

Ram Herrera performs at KXTN Tejano Thursdays on June 15, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas. | KXTN

Ram Herrera gave an exclusive phone interview with Tejano Nation radio affiliate KXTN on July 14 to give fans an update on his condition.

The 57-year-old Tejano legend was admitted to a San Antonio hospital late Friday night due to a collapsed lung and pneumonia.

“I’m doing a lot better, but it’s going to be a long road to recovery,” he told Homie Marco, KXTN morning host. “I have a real bad infection in my blood. They found an antibiotic to deal with it.”

Herrera says he had cuts on his knee that turned into a staph infection after wading into the water during a fishing trip.

“My knee swelled up like a basketball. I couldn’t walk,” he said. His fever was at 106 degrees when he was admitted to Mission Trail Baptist Hospital in San Antonio.

“I was delirious. I was in pain. And then my lifestyle, the way I live, too … It’s a miracle that I’m alive.”

He released an emotional video late Sunday from his hospital bed. Herrera again teared up as he talked on the air.

“I didn’t think I reached out to so many people with my music. It’s a very humbling experience. I was overwhelmed by all this,” he said. “And I’m still overwhelmed by the response I got.”

Herrera began his career in 1980 as the lead vocalist for David Lee Garza Y Los Musicales and went on to solo success. He has released more than 30 albums in English and Spanish.

He won Tejano Music Awards for Male Entertainer of the Year in 1988 and 1989 and Male Vocalist of the Year from 1987-89.

Herrera’s most recent album release was the Latin Grammy nominated Mucho Mas Que Amor, released in 2015.

He says he’s been working on a new album and, once he’s done with treatment, is ready to get back onstage.

LISTEN: Ram Herrera interview on KXTN

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