Watch the video above to refresh your memory. A set piece landed on his head!
As you all know, Bret Michaels was hospitalized Apr. 22 for a brain hemorrhage, and “remains in ICU in critical condition,” according to the latest update from his rep. Doctors have yet to diagnose the exact cause of the hemorrhage, but it is reportedly believed to be a complication related to Bret’s type 1 diabetes. But we wondered if it was possible that the hemorrhage could also have something to do with the intense injuries Bret suffered at the Tony Awards on June 7, 2009. In case you forgot, a huge set piece was lowered onto Bret’s head, which sent him to the hospital with a fractured nose. He needed three stitches in his lip, and was altogether “pretty bruised up,” his rep said at the time.
I checked with top NYC neurologist Dr. Dexter Sun about whether Bret’s brain hemorrhage could have been caused by the falling piece of scenery that hit him at the Tony Awards in June 2009. Dr. Sun said it would be extremely unlikely for an injury that long ago to result in bleeding now. However, if Brett’s doctors can’t locate the source of the bleeding — which it appears they can’t — then his condition does remain very critical.
“There is a chance of re-bleeding and if he bleeds again there are three serious complications that his doctors will need to watch for,” explains Dr. Sun. “Bleeding will increase pressure in his brain, which can result in a blood vessel spasm, which can cause a stroke. It can also block the drainage of spinal fluid and this buildup of fluid can cause a condition called hydrocephalus.” (Definition: the excessive accumulation of CSF results in an abnormal widening of spaces in the brain called ventricles. This widening creates potentially harmful pressure on the tissues of the brain.)
The final condition is brain herniation in which pressure in the brain pushes down on the spinal cord which houses the breathing reflex, and which can cause a coma.
The fact that Brett remains talkative, according to his father, remains a very hopeful sign.
Send all your best wishes to Brett!