Bret Michaels, who made an appearance on Opera Wednesday, is back in the hospital today. Micheals, who recovered from a near-fatal brain hemorrhage just a month ago, is back in the hospital after suffering a “warning stroke,” according to a statement posted on his website.
Michaels was readmitted to the hospital today “after suffering numbness on the left side of his body, predominately his face and hands,” the statement reads. After performing some tests, his doctors discovered a hole in his heart.
Bret Michael’s neurosurgeon, Dr. Joseph Zabramski, said the conditions are treatable and likely unrelated to last month’s brain hemorrhage.
“The good news is that [the hole] is operable and treatable and we think we may have diagnosed the problem that caused the transient ischemic attack (TIA) or warning stroke; however we feel it is highly unlikely this is connected to the brain hemorrhage he suffered just a few weeks earlier,” Dr. Joseph Zambraski said in a statement posted on Michaels’ website.
“I realize Bret wants to make a full recovery so that he can be active with his family, attempt to attend the finale of Celebrity Apprentice and especially get back on the road to continue making music,” says Dr. Joseph Zabramski.
“Without a doubt he is very determined to get healthy and make a 100 percent recovery. Medically speaking it is a fantastic attitude both mentally and physically for him to have. However, Bret’s brain and body are not quite 100 percent yet, especially with the hole found in his heart. Further tests will be conducted throughout the week.”
“Even though these last few months have been tough on him and his family, especially this most recent setback, he is in good spirits, great medical hands and is positive and hopeful that everything is going to be OK,” says publicist Janna Elias.
“He is up, walking, talking, continuing his daily rehab and very happy to be alive, but he has made it clear he is sick and tired of being in the hospital and is ready to rock again.”
Bret Michaels was to appear on the live finale episode of Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice, as he was one of two finalists with Holly Robinson Peete. His appearance on the show in New York this Sunday, May 23, is uncertain at this time. It’s also likely production on his new VH1 series will be pushed back again. He had planned to return to his concert tour on May 28, but that will likely be postponed as well.