According to a statement posted late Friday (April 30) on Bret Michaels' official website, the singer is receiving treatment for the brain hemorrhage he suffered last week at the Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona — one of the world's top neurological centers and is the home of the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center. The statement said Michaels' location was not previously revealed "due to the severity of his life-threatening condition, the instantaneous way in which the hemorrhage presented itself and respect for his family."
Dr. Joseph Zabramski, the neurosurgeon who is leading Michaels' treatment team, said in the statement, "There is no doubt that Mr. Michaels' condition is serious. We are treating the subarachnoid hemorrhage, which caused his severe cranial pain. 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," Zabramski continued. "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.' 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."
A press conference will be held at 12 p.m. local time Tuesday (May 4) at Barrow to discuss Michaels' treatment and prognosis in detail.
Michaels' sister Michelle told a Nebraska radio station on Wednesday that she'd spoken with her brother recently. "Things are definitely looking up," she said. "He sounded good — as good as you can when your brain's throbbing. He seems very coherent to me and like he knew what he was saying. ... [He] does sound like Bret. Truth be told, I think he'll outlive us all."