Friday, May 21, 2010

Bret Michaels Suffers Stroke

Again, I am saddened to report that rocker and contestant on NBC's Celebrity Apprentice Bret Michaels is in the hospital. This time, says Huffington Post, he's suffered a stroke.

Straight from Michaels's website:
CELEBRITY APPRENTICE FINALIST, BRET MICHAELS, BACK IN HOSPITAL AFTER SUFFERING WARNING STROKE KNOWN AS A TRANSIENT ISCHEMIC ATTACK (TIA)

RECEIVES DEVASTATING NEWS AS TESTS SHOW HE HAS A HOLE IN HIS HEART OR PATENT FORAMEN OVALE (PFO)

Bret Michaels was readmitted to the hospital this week after suffering numbness on the left side of his body, predominately his face and hands which doctors described as a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) or warning stroke. While MRI and CT scan tests were being conducted, Michaels also received a Doppler Ultrasound of his legs and lower abdomen looking for blood clots and most importantly an Ultrasound Bubble Test of his heart was conducted which proved positive for a Patent Forum Ovale (PFO), a hole in the heart. Dr. Zabramski (Bret's neurosurgeon), Dr. Becker (who ordered the test), Dr. Cook (who conducted the test) and Dr. Frey (Director, Outpatient Stroke Program) all confirmed the results.
The site also reports that he is up and talking.

It was only yesterday that Michaels appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show talking about his time in Intensive Care at the hospital in April due to a massive brain hemorrhage. The singer has Type 1 Diabetes, and the money he wins on the Celebrity Apprentice will go to a charity that fights the disease.

Michaels was scheduled to compete in a live Apprentice finale this Sunday night against Holly Robinson Peete, who hopes to win money for her autism charity, the Holly Rod Foundation. The story at HP says further, "NBC said in a statement that the network is "cautiously optimistic" that Michaels can attend the live season finale." His website confirms the report. Story at HuffPo here.

1 comment:

Joanna said...

I never liked Bret until I saw him on Celebrity Apprentice. He has been my favorite contestant since the first challenge...he has proved to be about more than partying and women. I hope he has a full recovery.