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Doctor: Bret Michaels' "will to live and fully recover is undeniable"


By Christopher Rocchio, 05/03/2010 

Bret Michaels' strong will to stay alive is apparently helping him deal with the massive brain hemorrhage he suffered late last month.

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"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,'" said Dr. Joseph Zabramski in a Friday evening statement on Michaels' Facebook page.

"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."

Zabramski is the neurosurgeon leading Michaels' medical team at Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ -- where the former Rock of Love and current The Celebrity Apprentice participant is being treated.

Michaels -- who has diabetes -- suffered the hemorrhage on April 22 while he was recovering from an emergency appendectomy.

"There is no doubt that Mr. Michaels' condition is serious. We are treating the subarachnoid hemorrhage, which caused his severe cranial pain," said Zabramski in the statement.

"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."

Michaels remains in critical but stable condition and has begun to talk and move his limbs in recent days, and it was recently reported that he may be able to attend the live The Celebrity Apprentice third-season finale on May 23.

Barrow neurologists and neurosurgeons plan to hold a press conference on Tuesday to provide an update on Michaels' condition.

(Photo credit NBC)


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