Reality TV star Bret Michaels suffered a major brain hemorrhage late last week and remains in the intensive care unit of an undisclosed hospital. Earlier this month, Michaels’s appendectomy was complicated by his diabetes, and his history of head trauma includes an attack from a descending set piece at last year’s Tony Awards.
According to a note posted on the singer’s Web site and Facebook page on Monday morning (April 26), the 47-year-old rocker “remains in ICU under 24-hour surveillance. Further testing this week will help locate the source of the bleeding.” The singer is reportedly suffering from slurred speech, blurred vision and dizziness as a result of the hemorrhage. Michaels was rushed to the hospital late Thursday evening, where doctors discovered he had suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage, or bleeding at the base of his brain stem…
“After several CAT scans, MRIs and an angiogram, [doctors] decided to keep Michaels in the ICU and are running several tests to determine the cause [of the hemorrhage],” a source told People magazine, in a report that Michaels’ rep said was accurate. “[It] will be touch and go for the next few days while he is under intense observation.” [MTV]
You can read more details about Michaels’s condition here, and there’s a possibility that the bleeding comes from a condition known as AVM, which the character Nate from “Six Feet Under” suffered from (AVM has also appeared on “House” and “HawthoRNe” — thanks, Wikipedia!). I’m not a doctor, but… bleeding in the brain is bad, right? It seems like it would be bad.