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Out of the hospital, Bret Michaels says he feels 'lucky to be alive'

May 6, 2010 |  9:20 am

Bret-michaels-hi-res Bret Michaels says the brain hemorrhage that hit him late April 21 felt like getting shot in the back of the head, People reports.

The Poison frontman and "Celebrity Apprentice" contestant, who spent 10 days in the ICU, is out of the hospital and at a rehab facility for physical therapy. He tells the magazine he feels "lucky to be alive" and recounts a moment in the emergency room after a doctor suggested his children be brought to see him.

"I said in these exact words, 'Am I dying? If I'm dying, I want to see my kids, but if I have a chance, I don't want them to see me in this condition.' "

The cause of the bleed has not been found, according to Dr. Joseph Zambraski, chief of cerebrovascular surgery at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, where Michaels was treated.

"Patients who don't have anything identified in their angiograms tend to do well," Zambraski said. "This is one of those rare instances in medicine where we're actually pleased not to be able to find what caused the problem."

Bret-docThe hospital held a press conference Tuesday regarding the rocker's treatment and prognosis.

"He's just one of those lucky people, the 20% or so who have a subarachnoid hemorrhage who make a complete recovery and are able to resume all of their normal activities," the doctor said.

And hey, all you headband haters? Before Michaels went home, a hospital spokesman told People, his medical team gave him a new one -- signed by them and featuring the Barrow logo.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photos: Bret Michaels, top right, on Jan. 10, 2010, at the NBC Universal Winter 2010 press tour party in Pasadena. Dr. Joseph Zambrowski, lower left, showing a slide of Michaels' brain at a news conference May 4, 2010, at the Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix. Credits: Dan Steinberg / Associated Press, top; Matt York / Associated Press, left.

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