Saturday, May 1, 2010

Bret Michaels update

Further to my original breaking news item here and update here, there was news posted on Bret Michaels’ website yesterday regarding the rocker’s survival instincts in the aftermath of his brain hemorrhage, just weeks after an emergency appendectomy in San Antonio.

“Bret’s sheer will to live and fully recover is undeniable,” according to Dr. Zabramski, the lead doctor overseeing Michaels' team and a top neurosurgeon at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona, where the Poison frontman is being treated. “He has an unbelievable fight in him and told me what kept him alive at the moment of the hemorrhage was that he ‘did not want his family to wake up and see him lying unconscious in the middle of the floor.’ It was a combination of Bret’s fight to stay conscious during the hemorrhage and get to the emergency room, and the immediate medical attention provided by our staff at Barrow that enabled us to stabilize his condition.”

“There is no doubt that Mr. Michaels’ condition is serious,” continues Zabramski. “We are treating the subarachnoid hemorrhage, which caused his severe cranial pain. Mr. Michaels will continue to undergo testing considering we have hit a few roadblocks including hyponatremia, severe cranial and back pain suffered from blood drainage, an emergency appendectomy performed a week earlier and a lifelong history of Type 1 Diabetes.”

The hospital is holding a press conference on Tuesday to provide an update on Bret’s condition, treatment and prognosis in full detail.

In the meantime, various media outlets are speculating that Michaels could return to performing before the end of this month, while his appearance on the May 23 live finale of The Celebrity Apprentice remains in question.