Bret Michaels Suffers Stroke; Hole Found in His Heart

The rocker suffers a setback in his recovery this week

Bret Michaels has suffered a serious setback in his recovery this week, as the rocker is back in the hospital after having a "warning stroke."

According to a statement on his website, Michaels was readmitted "after suffering numbness on the left side of his body, predominately his face and hands." After performing further tests, his doctors discovered a hole in the VH1 star's heart.

The Poison frontman made a startling recovery from his recent health woes, appearing on Oprah earlier this week to recount the fight for his life. He also had plans to appear on the Celebrity Apprentice finale on Sunday, as well as to resume his summer concert tour on May 28 -- two things that are unlikely to happen now.
"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," says his neurosurgeon, Dr. Joseph Zabramski.

"Without a doubt he is very determined to get healthy and make a 100 percent 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 percent yet, especially with the hole found in his heart. Further tests will be conducted throughout the week."

Once again, no doubt due to his amazing will to live, Michaels is expected to make a full recovery.

"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," says publicist Janna Elias.

"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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