Doctor: Bret Michaels 'Has An Unbelievable Fight in Him'

04/30/2010 at 08:55 PM EDT

Doctor: Bret Michaels 'Has An Unbelievable Fight in Him'
Bret Michaels
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He's conscious and talking slowly but Bret Michaels is showing other signs he's on the road to recovery.

"Bret's sheer will to live and fully recover is undeniable," Dr. Joseph Zabramski, who's been treating the rocker, 47, since he suffered a brain hemorrhage, said in a statement released Friday.

The Poison frontman continues to undergo multiple tests at the Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix but "has an unbelievable fight in him," says Zabramski.

Didn't Want Family to Find Him Unconscious

"[Bret] told me what kept him alive at the moment of the hemorrhage," adds Zabramski, "was that he did not want his family to wake up and see him lying unconscious in the middle of the floor."

Michaels, who was rushed to the intensive care unit April 22, found out Tuesday that he had a side-effect called hyponatremia, a lack of sodium in the blood, that could lead to seizures. His rep says he has not had any seizures.

In addition to the hyponatremia, Zabramski says Michaels's medical team will continue testing because of the severe cranial and back pain he suffered after the blood drainage and the emergency appendectomy a week before the hemorrhage.

Barrow neurologists and neurosurgeons plan to hold a press conference Tuesday at noon to give an update on Michael's condition, treatment and prognosis.

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