Bret Michaels has been released from a Phoenix hospital and is expected to make a full recovery after suffering a brain hemorrhage last month, his doctor said Tuesday.
Dr. Joseph Zabramski, chief of cerebrovascular surgery at the Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, said he recommended that Michaels wait at least four to six weeks before resuming normal activity. He declined to say when Michaels could resume touring. Doctors will examine Michaels every two weeks until he’s recovered.
“This produces a great deal of stress on the body,” he said. “This is like being involved in an accident from inside.”
Zabramski said Michaels is fully conscious and aware and talking fine, but he has back spasms and headaches when he tries to walk. He could continue getting back pain and headaches, but Zabramski doesn’t expect any other long-term effects. He wouldn’t say when Michaels was released or whether he was sent home or to a rehabilitation facility.
There were two tests that showed that Michaels did not suffer an aneurysm after all. A thrid test is being planned so they can check once again for an aneurysm. The doctors do not think the appendectomy, that Michaels had on April 12, is related. They also do not believe the accident where he got hit in the head at the Tony awards last year is related. Zabramski said that hard hits to the head can cause hemorrhages, but not almost a year after the incident.
Michaels is still one of the final 5 contestants on this season’s Celebrity Apprentice. If he avoids being fired by Trump in upcoming episodes, Michaels’ prognosis means he could possibly attend “The Celebrity Apprentice” finale May 23 at New York University’s Skirball Center. The finale features the last two contestants performing a final task, typically organizing a charity event, then debating each other live in front of Trump.