After Bret Michaels‘ “Oprah” appearance on Wednesday (May 19), our biggest concern for the rock star and “Celebrity Apprentice” finalist was if the slight facial droop he appeared to have would eventually go away.
Now we get word via Michaels’ Facebook page that he’s back in the hospital after suffering a warning stroke. He experienced numbness on the left side of his body — mainly his face and hands — known as a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA).
As if that wasn’t enough, while MRI and CT scan tests were being done, Michaels also received an ultrasound that proved positive for a Patent Forum Ovale (PFO), which is basically a hole in the heart.
Below is the statement from Michaels’ doctor, Dr. Joseph Zambraski:
“There is no doubt that the positive Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) is devastating news to Bret and his family. The good news is that it is operable and treatable and we think we may have diagnosed the problem that caused the Transient Ischemic Attach [sic] (TIA) or warning stroke; however we feel it is highly unlikely this is connected to the brain hemorrhage he suffered just a few weeks earlier. Once again it is great that he quickly reacted to the severe numbness and got to the hospital immediately.
]]>“I realize Bret wants to make a full recovery so that he can be
active with his family, attempt to attend the finale of Celebrity
Apprentice and especially get back on the road to continue making music.
Without a doubt he is very determined to get healthy and make a 100%
recovery. Medically speaking it is a fantastic attitude both mentally
and physically for him to have. However, Bret’s brain and body are not
quite 100% yet, especially with the hole found in his heart. Further
tests will be conducted throughout the week and I will have more
information next week as to how this Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) will be
treated. For now, Bret will be treated with outpatient care which
includes a daily injection of Lovenox (a blood thinner to reduce the
chance of blood clots) and blood tests.”
Michaels’ rep, Janna Elias, released the following statement:
“Bret wants everyone to know he cannot thank you enough for all of
the well wishes, prayers, and good vibes you have sent his way. Even
though these last few months have been tough on him and his family,
especially this most recent setback, he is in good spirits, great
medical hands and is positive and hopeful that everything is going to be
OK. He is up, walking, talking, continuing his daily rehab and very
happy to be alive but he has made it clear he is sick and tired of being
in the hospital and is ready to rock again.”
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