Poison frontman Bret Michaels issued a press release ealier today in response to speculation that his medical condition wasn’t serious, real or life threatening:
Dr. Joseph Zabramski, MD, Bret’s neurosurgeon at Barrow Neurological Institute states, “The fact is, the subarachnoid hemorrhage that Mr. Michaels suffered was very real, and very serious as was the T.I.A (warning stroke) and P.F.O., which will be operated on later this year. A subarachnoid hemorrhage is a life-threatening, neurosurgical emergency that requires an extensive work up and management in the ICU to prevent re-bleeding and manage the complications associated with the initial hemorrhage. For anyone to speculate that this was not a life threatening medical emergency is absolutely incorrect. Between 15 and 20 percent of patients die as a result of the initial hemorrhage, and only approximately 50 percent of those that survive have a good outcome. Recovery from subarachnoid hemorrhage is determined primarily by the size of the initial bleeding episode. Mr. Michaels quick reaction to the hemorrhage and immediate medical attention that followed aided in his ability to make a strong recovery and stop the brain hemorrhage before it caused severe and permanent brain damage. Mr. Michaels is fortunate to be alive after all that he has been through. Bret is truly one of the most determined individuals I have ever met when it comes to an attempt at making a full recovery.
Dr. Greg Gonzaba, whose team treated Michaels for the appendicitis in San Antonio. states “When I arrived I found Mr. Michaels to be acutely distressed, upon my examination I concluded he was suffering from an “acute abdomen”, a medical diagnosis suspicious for a serious, potentially fatal abdominal problem, such as appendicitis, cholecystitis or possible diverticulitis. These conditions, if left untreated could escalate to a potentially fatal problem such as organ rupture, sepsis/toxicity and eventually death by overwhelming infection not to mention Mr. Michaels is a diabetic which could complicate the condition. For a news source to assume and state his condition was not serious is completely false and irresponsible.”
In recent months Bret Michaels’ health issues and determination to recover and continue touring have been viewed as both inspirational by some and as potentially jeopardizing to his health by others. Michaels, a lifelong type 1 diabetic, had an emergency appendectomy, a brain hemorrhage, a T.I.A (warning stroke) and was diagnosed with a P.F.O (hole in his heart). This domino effect happened over the course of a month and a half. Although Michaels is not 100% yet his fight to recover both physically and mentally combined with continued lab work including blood tests MRI’s and physical’s, 4 daily insulin injections along with 2 daily Lovenox injections to thin the blood will be continued until he is able to have the operation on his heart in the fall “
Janna Elias V.P. of Michaels Entertainment states “All people heal differently and while Bret may be out on the road and performing he is still not 100%. He still has pain from the chemical meningitis, short term memory loss and gets fatigued quicker than normal. Bret isn’t by any means trying to put his health in jeopardy by being on the road. He simply feels that music is a powerful healer. For Bret to sit around and not live his life to the fullest would likely be more detrimental to his recovery then playing music, it is the same mind set as the lyrics to Tim McGraw’s song “Live like you were Dying.””