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Bret Michaels' Will To Live Is Undeniable, Condition Serious, Says Doctor

May 1 2010, Published 10:21 a.m. ET

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St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona will be holding a news conference with Bret Michael’s medical team headed by neurological surgeon Dr. Joseph M. Zabramski at noon on Tuesday to update Bret’s condition, treatment and prognosis. In a statement to Dr. Zabramski says “Bret’s sheer will to live and fully recover is undeniable.”

Michaels was rushed to the hospital last week after suffering a brain hemorrhage which left him with slurred speech & blurred vision.

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He is now in critical but stable condition & under 24 hour doctor supervision, according to a source close to him.

A statement released on Friday read “Due to the severity of his life threatening condition, the instantaneous way in which the hemorrhage presented itself and respect for his family his location was not confirmed to the media.  There is a seven to ten day period that is extremely critical in which multiple tests are conducted to detect the source of the bleeding.”

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Dr. Zabramki says “There is no doubt that Mr. Michaels’ condition is serious.  We are treating the subarachnoid hemorrhage, which caused his severe cranial pain.”  Dr. Zabramski who is a top neurosurgeon at Barrow Neurological Institute, continues “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.

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“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.”

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The 47-year-old star of Celebrity Apprentice is suffering from slurred speech, blurred vision and dizziness as a result of the bleeding at the base of his brain stem.



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