Bret Michaels, who appears in People magazine's "World Most Beautiful People of 2010" issue this week and is also ironically in the "Scoop" section of the magazine because of his brain hemorrhage, is being treated at Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Barrow is among the world's leading neurological centers and is the home of the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center.
In the days following Michaels' hospitalization, due to a subarachnoid hemorrhage, there was a lot of speculation as to where Michaels was being treated. Due to the severity of his life-threatening condition, the instantaneous way in which the hemorrhage presented itself and respect for his family, his location was not confirmed to the media. 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.
"There is no doubt that Mr. Michaels' condition is serious. We are treating the subarachnoid hemorrhage, which caused his severe cranial pain," states Dr. Zabramski who has been a top neurosurgeon at Barrow Neurological Institute since 1986 and serves as the chief of cerebrovascular surgery and director of clinical neurosurgical research at the center and is leading Michaels' team. Zabramski continues, "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. 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."
At this time Barrow neurologists and neurosurgeons will be having a press conference at 12 p.m. Tuesday to discuss and update his condition, treatment and prognosis in full detail.