The cause of Chris Young's recent hospitalization has been revealed. The 'Aw Naw' singer canceled several tour dates last week after a bacterial infection that was more serious than he has previously let on.

Young was en route to a tour date in Montana last Tuesday (Aug. 13) when he began to go into septic shock. He was taken by ambulance to Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center in Denver, Colo. The medical team there, consisting of Dr. Anthony Canfield, Dr. Wendy Gill, and Dr. Janet Suarez, immediately started Young on medications to stop the infection from spreading. In addition, an emergency surgery was scheduled for shortly after midnight on Aug. 14, during which the team removed the infection from his leg.

According to a statement from his publicist, Young's infection was caused by a small cut on his leg.

“I want to thank all of my fans for their thoughts and prayers,” the singer says. “I received amazing care from Dr. Suarez, Dr. Gill and Dr. Canfield and all the I.C.U. nurses who literally saved my life. I’m happy to be home and can’t wait to get back out on the road.”

Young is now recovering at home in Nashville. His doctors have advised a full week of post-surgery rest before he returns to the road. He will resume touring on Brad Paisley's Beat This Summer tour on Thursday, Aug. 22 in Mountain View, Calif. His show scheduled for Aug. 21 in Redding, Calif. will be rescheduled to Sept. 8.