Bret Michaels was rushed to a hospital after suffering a very severe headache on Thursday night. The 47-year-old singer reportedly had a massive subarachnoid hemorrhage – bleeding at the base of the brain stem.
A source told PEOPLE: “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. [It] will be touch and go for the next few days while he is under intense observation.”
While doctors are not sure what caused Bret’s brain to start bleeding, they are sure it has something to do with complications with his type 1 diabetes. Doctors are set to continue testing, as Bret remains in the ICU, surrounded by family.
His father says Bret is doing much better, and spoke to him on the telephone. “I talked to him this morning,” Wally Sychak told RadarOnline.com. “He sounded upbeat and positive but they had him sedated. But he’s doing good. He sounded like my son.”
Just a few weeks ago Bret underwent an emergency surgery to remove his appendix after he complained of stomach pain symptoms. The star was set to perform at Sea World in San Antonio, but was rushed to hospital instead. After recovering from the surgery, Bret left the hospital and entered a facility for diabetics to recover further.
“They told me that if I had gone on stage like I wanted to, [my appendix] likely would have ruptured and I could have died,” he wrote in a note to his fans.
Read about Bret’s emergency appendectomy.
Read about Bret’s battle with type 1 diabetes.
Other celebrities who battle type 1 diabetes include Nick Jonas.
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