Bret Michaels has added kidney surgery to the long list of health procedures he’s endured publicly over the last several years. Having an appendectomy a few years ago, publicly battling a brain hemorrhage, and falling ill on stage in Boston with the flu/severe blood sugar earlier this year, Michaels, a lifelong diabetic, was forced to get emergency kidney surgery recently after falling ill during the midst of a solo tour in the Midwest.
“[T]his past week Bret had to have surgery on his kidneys,” friend and Bret Michaels Band guitarist Pete Evict writes on Michaels’ Facebook page and website. “With all diabetes there are extra precautions and sometimes complications. The pain that led to the original surgery was so great that he simply could not perform last Thursday in Champaign. It first started in Mundelein, Illinois a few nights before. Even though Bret kept that to himself, it was noticeable that he wasn’t feeling great.”
He continues, “In typical Bret fashion, the fans come first and this event in Champaign was a charity event, which made Bret to want to make the show even more. So against medical direction he tried. On the way there he was forced to stop and seek more medical attention. Again, doctors advised him not to perform. At this point he had no choice as he simply couldn’t get from where he was to the event in time. Against his own wishes we were forced to postpone the show until Sunday.”
While Michaels’ always states, “I’m gonna go until I can’t go anymore,” he was forced back into the hospital before heading to Memphis for another show and then onto another hospital.
“Against his own wishes we were forced to postpone the show until Sunday.”
“He spent the evening in the hospital and they had to put two stents in his body,” Evicts says. “He managed to bust out of the hospital and get to Memphis just minutes before our scheduled performance time to a huge crowd at our tailgate concert on Halloween night for the Memphis Tigers. Truthfully, I was even shocked and asked him not to do this. But no, Bret insisted that the fans come first even though he could barely even say that to me because he was hurting so much.
“Before I could even see if he was okay, his bus pulled out and he was off again to another hospital. Certain that the next show in Knoxville wouldn’t happen on Saturday, I prepared to make the calls and post the info needed. To my surprise, I was again informed he was on his way. What? Are you kidding me? I’ve joked that he will die on that stage, but please not tonight. This time I actually begged him not to do this. We had a sold out show and he wasn’t gonna let the fans down. This argument when on for an hour…I lost.”
Michaels hurt himself during the performance which caused him to be admitted into a hospital in Northwest Arkansas where he was given medications. Doctors refused to release him, but he still managed to perform to an enormous crowd in Las Vegas on Friday (Nov 7th) and has no plans to cancel this weekend’s shows in Florida.
The Music Universe sends best wishes and a speedy recovery to Michaels.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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