Doctor Marvels at Bret Michaels' "Sheer Will to Live"

Celebrity Body May. 1, 2010 AT 9:50AM
Doctor Marvels at Bret Michaels' "Sheer Will to Live" Credit: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

Bret Michaels is determined to rock on.

After a week of understandable secrecy, a rep now confirms to UsMagazine.com that the 47-year-old rocker has been recovering from his brain hemorrhage at Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ. 

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"There is no doubt that Mr. Michaels' condition is serious," his neurosurgeon Dr. Zabramski says in a statement, adding that testing continues to determine the cause of the subarachnoid hemorrhage. A lifelong diabetic who also had an emergency appendectomy in early April, the singer has encountered numerous "roadblocks" in his recovery, including "hyponatremia, severe cranial and back pain suffered from blood drainage."

Yet the Rock of Love star, father to girls Raine, 9 and Jorja, 4, is a fighter, Zabramski marvels: "Bret's sheer will to live and fully recover is undeniable."

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"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."

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The neurosurgeon continues: '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.”

The team at Barrow plan to have a press conference on Tuesday, in which they'll give an additional update on Michaels' progress.

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