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Bret Michaels -- The Odds of Survival

4/23/2010 6:26 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Bret Michaels doesn't just need good medical attention to survive his current condition -- he also needs luck.

According to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, people who don't receive proper medical treatment after suffering a subarachnoid hemorrhage have a 20% to 30% chance of experiencing a second bleed within the first month -- and the odds of surviving a second bleed are extremely slim.

Cedars states, "Recurrent bleeding has a 70% mortality rate."

Fortunately, Michaels is reportedly being treated in a capable medical center.

However, it appears as though Michaels is already beating the odds -- Cedars reports that roughly 1/3 of people who have a subarachnoid hemorrhage die during the hemorrhage because of extensive brain damage. Obviously, Michaels has already cleared that hurdle. 

As for Michaels' treatment, Cedars warns, "Because of the ominous prognosis with delayed definitive therapy, referral to a center of excellence with experience in treating subarachnoid hemorrhage is imperative."

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clarf    

Out come the religious kooks !!!!! fairy tails have nothing to do with this !!!! Its simple history & life style ... Im suprised he lived this long !!!!rip

1641 days ago
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Kathy    

My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family especially your loving and sweet daughters. Loved Poison in the 80's and still enjoy it today, and loving the apprentice and the Rock of Love. Your fans are there for you especially myself we love you Brett!!!!XOXOXO Hang in there and take care. Your fan Kat.

1641 days ago
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Sleeze    

I hope he recovers and lives, but come'on people....he is a slime bucket, did you not watch his Rock of Love show? It was disgusting.

1641 days ago
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ericka lockett    

will we hope you make through and get back to what you love doing the most, preforming peace Ericka Lockett

1641 days ago
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shelly    

My love, thoughts and prayers are with you and your beautiful family. i really do hope you have a full recovery not just for us your fans but for your family as well love to see you rockin out again. love your music and love you shelly.

1641 days ago
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star    

You are such a beautiful soul!

1641 days ago
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Lisa    

Let me tell you what Mr Michaels is experiencing right now and the issues he is too sedated to know. So ya know, I had a subarachnoid hemorrhage so I honestly KNOW. Was his as bad or worse than what I had- no idea. Onset of bleed- terrible headache that feels like someone has stabbed you in the skull and the exact focus of pain is exactly where the bleed is happening in your head. You try to walk to go get some aspirin to help but as you walk it feels like there is nothing under your feet. Kinda like walking up a flight of stairs and not knowing when the top step was. You take each step but there is no ground there. Then you start vomiting uncontrollably and you don't remember anything after getting up to go walk..... Then you have flashes of drs and nurses and loved ones asking you what drugs you are taking because the signs you are showing are mirroring drug overdose. You are barfing, half awake, slurring, eyes are are going all over the place, going to sleep..... THEN someone finally takes a blood test and finds out you are not an OD. All of a sudden you are whisked away to a cat scan and they see you've had a bleed and part of your brain is dying. Oh then you get lots of care and respect. You get assigned a Neurologist and a Neurosurgeon and are put in a lovely room over in ICU complete with about 9 IVs on your body you didn't know IVs could go. But you won't remember that..... *lying* You'll stay there in ICU till your bleed clots and your blood pressure is stabilized. After that you get to have a craniotomy!!! WOOT! (that there means brain surgery ppl) This happy procedure starts out with a nice shave of your head then a whole new list of fun things start to happen.

1641 days ago
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clarf    

bretts music skills are the equvilant of a small rodent ei. 1234..s*** trash rip. god (bad fairy tail) struck him down so he could not breed or make that noise anymore !!!!thank you

1641 days ago
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pam    

GOD Bless you Bret Get Well very SOON your kids need their daddy

1641 days ago
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Denise    

I agreed with the person that posted (#3) about when he got hit in the face and head. They kept showing that over and over on the tv. That could have been building up the blood slowing in that area. My prayers go out to Bret and his kids.

1641 days ago
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Art Donkersloot    

Best wishes Mr. Michaels...praying for your healing, that God will bless you, your family, friends, & the doctors who are caring for you.

1641 days ago
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Andi    

mr Bret Michaels needs to live and not have anymore brain bleeds.
he needs to live for what he loves to do and for his kids for crying out loud and to his publisist i am doing something for him as a get well gift :-)
Love always Andi

1641 days ago
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bigheart12    

My prayers are with Bret. I have been watching Celebrity Apprentice during the entire segment. It seems to me that perhaps you did eat nor drink enough fluids during your strenous exercises in performing to win position. If you are a diabetic then when you had the appendectomy then complications from inadequate amounts of your medications can of therefore caused much pressure in the head region and I believe watching you with the 24 hr fitness segment that you may of ruptured a disk in the cervical neck at c-3,c-4 or c-6, c-7 and t-l which is near the brain stem. A ruptured disk can apply pressure which causes the nerves to the brain to implode with pressure and blood rushes in. I pray for the most expert physicians for your evaluation and care. God Blesss, Diane.

1641 days ago
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diamond di    

our love and prayers are with you bret and your family my dad had the same thing and the love of your family and fans will pull you thru.

1640 days ago
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jadee    

I think it is cruel to say the vicious comments about Brett. You did not live with him, know him, etc. and you can only imagine what you think putting out as the truth. Also, a lady at our church had the same thing happen to her days after giving birth. She lived a clean life, very health concious, never doing drugs, drinking, smoking, etc., and she would use herbal supplements as well. There is no comparison to their lifestyles. We are not doctors, so what makes us experts on why it happened? I wish him well and he will have a long recovery and needs support and prayers, not ill will and criticizm.

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