Bret Michaels looked like he was going to make a full recovery from his brain hemorrhage, even appearing on Oprah to talk about his extended hospital stay and how lucky he was to be alive. Unfortunately, news of Bret’s recovery came too soon – his people informed the news outlets that Bret suffered a “warning stroke” this week. They don’t mention when, only that he has been readmitted to the hospital. Oh, and doctors also found “a hole in his heart”. Yikes.
Bret Michaels has suffered what doctors call a “warning stroke,” or a transient ischemic attack, according to his Web site.
The rocker, 47 — who is still recovering from a brain hemorrhage — was “readmitted to the hospital this week after suffering numbness on the left side of his body, predominately his face and hands,” according to a statement posted on his site.
While undergoing tests — including an MRI and CT scan — doctors also discovered he has a hole in his heart.
The news is “devastating…to Bret and his family,” says his neurosurgeon, Dr. Joseph Zabramski. Michaels has two daughters, Raine, 10, and Jorja, 5, with ex girlfriend Kristi Lynn Gibson.
Continues Dr. Zabramski, “The good news is that it is operable and treatable and we think we may have diagnosed the problem that caused the…warning stroke; however we feel it is highly unlikely this is connected to the brain hemorrhage he suffered just a few weeks earlier. Once again, it is great that he quickly reacted to the severe numbness and got to the hospital immediately.”
Dr. Zabramski adds, “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. 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.”
Says his rep Janna Elias, “Bret wants everyone to know he cannot thank you enough for all of the well wishes, prayers and good vibes you have sent his way. 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. 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.”
[From Us Weekly]
People Magazine’s sources claim that this stroke and heart condition likely have nothing to do with his brain hemorrhage. But how could it not? Yes, I’m not a medical professional, but it seems strange that he would have a “stroke” just days after being released from the hospital after major surgery. Several months ago my dad had major surgery, and he was on anti-coagulants for several weeks because of stroke fears. In any case, it sounds like Bret is surrounded by knowledgeable doctors and loved ones, and that he’ll make a solid (if not 100%) recovery. You’re in our thoughts, Bret!