Usher, Tameka Foster

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Despite the best attempts by Usher and his family to keep the situation under wraps, new details have emerged on the nature of wife Tameka Raymond's "serious" medical emergency.

A spokeswoman for plastic surgeon Silvio Sterman confirms that Foster was rushed to the hospital's intensive care unit last Friday after going into cardiac and respiratory arrest while being anesthetized before a liposuction procedure, but "was revived in less than a minute by heart massage."

Doctors at the hospital placed Raymond in an induced coma for 24 hours to stabilize her, "in order to avoid unnecessary complications," said rep Ellen Dastry. As of Tuesday, the 37-year-old mother of two was listed in stable condition.

These details were revealed after hospital reps informed the media that they were "barred from giving any information."

"The family has demanded total privacy," a spokeswoman for São Paulo's Sírio-Libanês hospital told the Agence France-Presse.

The official statement from Usher's camp said his wife had suffered "complications from routine surgery."

While Usher quickly, and relatively quietly, canceled his Grammy weekend appearances to be by his missus' side, Brazilian outlet G1 reports that he and his mother likely had company during their flight to Brazil. Dr. Gabriel E. Hunt Jr., a neurosurgeon from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, is said to be down in São Paulo to lead Foster's care.

Hunt was seen leaving the hospital on Monday, but he did not comment on the situation.

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