Bret Michaels’ Doctor: Diabetes, Appendectomy Played No Role In Brain Hemorrhage
First Published: May 4, 2010 4:03 PM EDT Credit: Getty Images
PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Bret Michaels’ Type 1 diabetes played no role in the subarachnoid hemorrhage he suffered last month and continues to receive treatment for at Phoenix’s Barrow Neurological institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, the rocker’s doctor told reporters on Tuesday.
“I don’t believe that his diabetes… had anything to do with that,” Dr. Joseph Zabramski told reporters at a press conference on Tuesday. “So there’s nothing you can do to protect yourself.”
Dr. Zabramski also shot down the notion that the hemorrhage could have been related to the emergency appendectomy Bret underwent last month.
“The appendectomy? No, I don’t believe that would have any connection whatsoever,” he told reporters.
“There is nothing you can do to prevent this from happening,” Dr. Zabramski said of what happened to Bret. “Everyone in this room has the same risk of having a subarachnoid hemorrhage.”
Bret is doing better since he suffered the brain injury, and his doctor said he has “no problems with slurred speech.”
Walking, however, has proven troublesome for the rocker-turned-reality star.
“When he tries to walk, he gets severe spasms in his back,” Dr. Zabramski said.
Bret is able to walk, but he is receiving assistance when he does.
“He can walk on his own or he can walk with single assist, what we call contact assist for balance…. We don’t want him walking around by himself really,” Bret’s doctor said.
Dr. Zabramski added that the risk for a relapse in the condition “stays elevated until you’re six months out from the hemorrhage.”
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