Doctors Praise Bret Michaels' "Will to Live"

FILE -In this Jan. 10, 2010 photo Singer Bret Michaels arrives at the NBC Universal Winter 2010 press tour party in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg) AP Photo/Dan Steinberg

While he continues to dominate on "The Celebrity Apprentice," rocker Bret Michaels remains in serious but stable condition at at Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, where doctors praise his determination and fighting spirit.

For the second week in a row, the NBC reality show closed with a wish, voiced by host Donald Trump, for Michaels' complete and speedy recovery.

Michaels has been hospitalized at Barrow for more than a week since suffering a subarachnoid hemorrhage on April 22. Barrow is among the world's leading neurological centers and is the home of the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center.

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A a press conference is scheduled there at noon Tuesday to discuss Michaels' condition. According to a note on his website, his location was not confirmed to the media until Friday because of his serious condition. The post said 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."

Dr. Zabramski, chief of cerebrovascular surgery and director of clinical neurosurgical research at the center, is leading Michaels' team.

"There is no doubt that Mr. Michaels' condition is serious. We are treating the subarachnoid hemorrhage, which caused his severe cranial pain," he said.
Dr. Zabramski who has been with the Institute since 1986, continued, "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. "However, "Bret's sheer will to live and fully recover is undeniable."

The doctor said Michaels told him that 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," the doctor said.
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