Monday, November 10, 2014

Bret Michaels undergoes kidney surgery

Bret Michaels underwent kidney surgery this past week, reports his guitarist Pete Evick.

The guitarist shared the story with fans via Michaels’ social media sites on Monday, revealing that the Poison rocker has been in pain for a few weeks but pressed on, determine not to miss any shows if possible.

Micheals had two stents put in his body in an attempt to relieve the pain, but things came to a head in Knoxville, Tennessee.

“This time it went real bad,” writes Evick. “During the show he gave 100 percent, but he hurt himself. Jumping around with two stents was a bad idea. I can't explain the amount of blood or where it came from, but it was horrifying on his bus after the show. Bret looked at me and said, ‘Just head to Champaign, we have to make Thursday's show up.’"

“Over the last two weeks, Bret was in and out of 6 hospitals throughout the Midwest,” Evick continued. “Including the incredible Mercy Hospital of Northwest Arkansas. The staff and doctors were unbelievable and took incredible care of Bret. The fans and venues have been amazing and their support unprecedented. Bret continues to be steadfast in his dedication to bring the music to the people. He truly has to be held down to not perform.”

“While the last few weeks have been tragic, Bret continues to be an inspiration in his ability to push on,” he adds. “He's still not 100 percent, but there are no plans to postpone or reschedule any more shows this year. While he was in dire pain, he still played an amazing show to an enormous crowd in Vegas a few days ago. We will see you guys this weekend in Florida.”

Michaels is set to appear in Jacksonville, Florida on Thursday and at a March Of Dimes Bikers For Babies event in Fort Myers, Florida on Friday.

Michaels was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of six. The Poison singer has been a public advocate of maintaining good health throughout his career.

In recent years, Michaels has faced a number of serious health issues, including an emergency appendectomy, a brain hemorrhage and heart surgery.

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