Bret Michaels Released from Hospital
PHOENIX - Former Poison singer and "Celebrity Apprentice" contestant Bret Michaels is "a very lucky person" to have survived a brain hemorrhage and recover to the point where he has been discharged in stable condition from a Phoenix medical center, according to the doctor leading the team treating the star.
Michaels was "recently discharged," can walk on his own and no longer has slurred speech, Dr. Joseph Zabramski, chief of cerebrovascular surgery at the Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, said Tuesday.
The Scottsdale, Ariz., resident is expected to make a full recovery, and his condition will be monitored for at least four to six weeks.
The 47-year-old performer was rushed to a hospital April 21 after complaining of a severe headache. He was transferred to St. Joseph's the next day, Zabramski said.
After undergoing three tests, it was determined that Michaels suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage, which causes bleeding around the base of the brain.
"Twenty percent of patients will die from that first hemorrhage," Zabramski said.
However, Michaels, who has had diabetes since age 6, did not suffer a brain aneurysm, which could have complicated matters, the doctor said. The cause of the hemorrhage remains unknown.
Zabramski said he initially was concerned about Michaels' long-term prognosis when the singer arrived at St. Joseph's because he was disoriented and slurring his speech. But both those problems have disappeared.
The doctor said he has urged Michaels to "make no promises" about resuming concerts or TV appearances at this point.
"He is still very sick right now," Zabramski said, adding that he's aware that Michaels "is a very determined person" who travels around the world pursuing his career. He said Michaels has been cleared to fly.
Zabramski said he was not allowed to say where Michaels is Tuesday, but that the singer has a doctor with him to monitor his condition and that he will return to Barrow for additional testing in two weeks.
Zabramski said he doubted that an emergency appendectomy that Michaels underwent April 12 contributed to the hemorrhage.
"The Celebrity Apprentice" will have a live finale on NBC on May 23. Michaels has joined singer Cyndi Lauper, reality-TV personality Sharon Osbourne, celebrity chef Curtis Stone and actress Holly Robinson Peete on Donald Trump's series.
Michaels' management company had said the performer hopes to resume touring in late May and that he has concert dates planned later in the summer with Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Michaels was a judge on the USA network's "Nashville Star" in 2005. He starred on the VH1 show "Rock of Love" as a bachelor looking for romance from 2007 to 2009.