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Bret Michaels: But Doctor, Will He Be Able to Play the Violin after This?

0 Comments 03 May 2010

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No. But he should be able to sing again soon. He is reportedly making progress in his recovery from a brain hemorrhage, progress that some say is “amazing.” Michaels, 47, is now walking and talking, according to his sister. He is reportedly very aware and in a good mood.

He has improved greatly since being in “critical” condition after suffering the hemorrhage in his brain stem on April 23. The condition can be fatal if not treated promptly. He is now recovering at one of the top neurological recovery centers in the world, the Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s in Phoenix (which is also home of the Muhammad Ali Parkinsons Center). Though his condition is still serious, his neurosurgeon issued a statement that “Bret’s sheer will to live and fully recover is undeniable.”

Bret reportedly told the doc that he refused to give in to the brain injury for fear of his family finding him “lying unconscious in the middle of the floor.”

The brain bleed came only a couple of weeks after an emergency appendectomy in which doctors told him that had he gone onstage that night he might well have died. Michaels also has type 1 diabetes, and is currently undergoing more neurological tests, even though his improvement has been steady.

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