Bret Michaels' doctor: 'Bret's sheer will to live and fully recover is undeniable'
In a statement released today by Bret Michaels’ representatives, the neurosurgeon leading the medical team that is treating the 47-year-old Poison singer addressed his recent hospitalization for a brain hemorrhage. “There is no doubt that Mr. Michaels’ condition is serious. We are treating the subarachnoid hemorrhage, which caused his severe cranial pain,” said Dr. Joseph M. Zabramski, who is the Chief of Cerebrovascular Surgery and Director of Clinical Neurosurgical Research at Barrow Neurological Institute (St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center) in Phoenix. “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. However, Bret’s sheer will to live and fully recover is undeniable. 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.” The Barrow medical team will hold a press conference on Tuesday to update his treatment and prognosis. The statement, which confirmed the Arizona location of where Michaels was being treated, comes two days after news that Michaels was responding well to treatment and could resume his tour in late May.