Bret Michaels was released from the Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix Tuesday, May 4, after being admitted on April 22 for a severe brain hemorrhage.
Bret Michaels’ doctors held a televised press conference today, Tuesday, May 4, concerning his condition. In the televised press conference his doctors announced he was being released from St. Joseph’s Hospital. They are saying he is still sick, but is expected to make 100% recovery. Although he has been released from the hospital, the doctors say he faces four to six weeks of rest before he can resume a normal schedule.
Dr. Joseph Zambramski said, “He’s improving. I really expect that he will fortunately make a 100 percent recovery. He’s just one of those lucky people – 10 to 20 percent who make a complete recovery and can resume all of their normal activities.”
Zabramski has also said, “Mr. Michaels was indeed a lucky person, a very lucky person,” noting that 15 to 20 percent of those who suffer such ruptures don’t live beyond the initial attack.
“He’s still very sick right now [but] he’s a very determined person,” Zabramski, who previously praised Michaels’s “sheer will to live”, told reporters, adding that he is walking on his own and “his level of consciousness [has] returned to what we call normal.”
“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,’” Zabramski said.
Dr. Zambramski said it will take another seven to ten days for Michaels’ body to dissolve the blood clot around his brain, which is part of a painful process that causes “severe” back pain and spasms. Zabramski said steroids are typically used to lessen the pain but they can also “make glucose levels go out of control so unfortunately [Bret has] had to suffer.”
Based on the tests, Dr. Zabramski said, “We’re pretty confident he does not have an aneurysm or other problems with his blood vessels that could result in a recurrent hemorrhage.”
The doctors were unable to say if Michaels is back at home or receiving treatment elsewhere now that he has been released from the hospital.
Michaels is due for another major evaluation in two weeks, and Zabramski said he made the “Celebrity Apprentice” competitor promise he wouldn’t offer any guarantees about his return to the concert circuit or Donald Trump’s boardroom.