Dr. Joseph Zabramski, the head of the medical team treating POISON frontman Bret Michaels at one of the most prestigious neurological centers in the world — the Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona — is currently holding a news conference where he is offering more information about Michaels' illness and recovery. You can watch the news conference live at TMZ.com.
"Bret's fight to stay conscious during the hemorrhage and get to the emergency room" was key to saving his life that night, said Zabramski.
"He has an unbelievable fight in him and told me what kept him alive at the moment of the hemorrhage was that he 'did not want his family to wake up and see him lying unconscious in the middle of the floor,' " Zabramski said.
His recovery is complicated by "a few roadblocks," he said.
According to CNN.com, Michaels has hyponatremia, a lack of sodium in the body, which leads to seizures. He also suffers severe cranial and back pain from blood drainage, Zabramski said.
An emergency appendectomy 11 days before the rupture, and his lifelong history of Type 1 diabetes are also factors slowing the recovery, the doctor said.
"Bret's sheer will to live and fully recover is undeniable," Zabramski said.
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