Barely two weeks after suffering a brain hemorrhage, Bret Michaels has been released from the hospital and is poised to make a complete recovery, his doctor said.
"Mr. Michaels was indeed a lucky person, a very lucky person," Dr. Joseph Zabramski said at a news conference Tuesday at the Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix, where the rocker was treated.
"He is making a good recovery. I really except that he will make a 100 percent recovery," Zabramski said. "He is one of those lucky people, the 20 percent who have a subarachnoid hemorrhage, who make a full and complete recovery."
Zabramski did not disclose when the 47-year-old Poison frontman and Celebrity Apprentice contestant had been discharged. However, he said Michaels was walking on his own and that his level of consciousness has returned to what doctors call a normal state.
Although Michaels did not need any surgery after he was admitted to the ICU on April 22, Zabramski said that the singer has been experiencing back pain and increased spasms, because his Type 1 diabetes has prevented him from taking certain medications.
"He has had to continue to suffer with this pain and discomfort, but he is improving and he will continue to gradually improve," Zabramski said. He also said Michaels' medical team will continue to closely monitor his vital signs and neurological status over the next couple of weeks while Michaels receives physical therapy.
Despite the side effects, Zabramski sounded optimistic about Michaels' long-term prognosis after testing done on April 28. " At this point we were feeling pretty confident that Mr. Michaels does not have an aneurysm or any other problem with his blood vessels that could result in a recurrent hemorrhage," Zabramski said.
Late last week, Michaels' camp began rescheduling tour dates for as soon as May 26. However, it is unknown if Michaels will be able to return to the road that quickly, since he still has to undergo physical therapy.
It is also unknown whether Michaels will be able to attend the live season finale of Celebrity Apprentice, which airs Sunday, May 23 at 9/8c on NBC. As of the latest episode, Michaels remained in the running to win the reality series.