Bret Michaels is in stable condition and has been discharged from Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona, said Dr. Joseph Zabramski, Chief of Cerebrovascular Surgery and Director of Clinical Neurosurgical Research at the center, and the doctor leading Michaels’ team a press conference Tuesday.
“He has been discharged. I can’t say where or when,” said Zabramski, who said that the rocker and ‘Celebrity Apprentice‘ star “continues to receive therapies,” is still having his toxicology reports closely monitored, and will be reassessed every two weeks.
“15-20% will die of the initial result of a hemorrhage…Mr. Michaels was indeed a lucky person, a very lucky person. He survived the hemorrhage, he got to the emergency room, and he got here,” he said.
Watch Bret in the recording studio from this week’s ‘Celebrity Apprentice’:
Here are the answers to your burning questions:
How is Bret doing right now?
To paraphrase, when blod clots dissolve, they can cause chemical meningitis, which can be extremely painful and cause back pain, back spasms, headaches, and difficulty walking. Bret is experiencing all of that. “For many patients, we would put them on steroids. But he’s a diabetic and…it makes their glucose levels go out of control…So he has to suffer with this pain and discomfort,” says Zabramski. “He’s really suffering again right now…He’s very sick right now.”
Is he walking?
“He can walk, but he’s not walking very well. He’s talking very well. He’s mentally aware of everything going on…We don’t want him walking around by himself,” he added, saying that Bret is walking with “contact assist for balance.”
What is the prognosis?
95% of patients make a complete recovery and function as they used to. “He’s improving and I expect him to continue to improve. I really expect that he will fortunately make a 100% recovery. He’s just one of those lucky people, 10-20% who make a complete recovery and can resume all of their normal activities,” he said.
What is his timeline for recovery?
The doctor said seven to 10 days from today he should feel like “he’s on the mend” and can resume his activities, but that it could be four to six weeks from today for full recovery.
What caused the hemorrhage?
The doctor said it’s usually caused by an aneurysm, but not in Bret’s case. The doctor also said that the hit on the head at the Tony awards did not cause it. The cause is unknown.
Was it preventable?
No. The doctor said it could happen to anyone.
Did his emergency appendectomy or Diabetes have anything to do with it?
No. He said there was “no connection” to the appendectomy, but that his sugar levels were off due the stress these procedures take on a diabetic and he had to be monitored very closely.
Did he have seizures?
No. Seizures are a side effect of the hyponatremia, which is a lack of sodium in the body. “He did not suffer any seizures,” he said. “He did have some slurred speech” and he wasn’t aware of what was going on the first day [April 22], but was alert by the next day.”
When will he hit the road to tour again?
It’s undetermined at this point. “What I made him promise me is that he would make no promises…He’s still very sick right now. There’s no way he’d be on the road right now….We’ll assess him in two weeks. He’s a very determined person,” he said. “It depends on how quickly he recovers.”
Earlier in the day, Bret’s sister, Michelle Sychak, told KEZO radio in Omaha, Nebraska that her brother “was definitely doing better…He was kind of getting up and starting to walk a little bit,” according to AZCentral.com. She also said that he’s no longer slurring, and that it will be a slow recovery. “What’s happened is all that blood in his brain is starting to drain, and he’s starting to have a lot of back pain,” Sychak told the station. “I can hear it in his voice. I know he’s in a lot of pain.”
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