The Jackson family patriarch was admitted to Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Sunday afternoon (26Jul15) after experiencing signs of a stroke while in the country to celebrate his 87th birthday.

He suffered a burst artery behind his eye, which caused him to temporarily lose his vision, and then battled a trio of further health scares as his heart stopped three times.

He went under the knife on Monday (27Jul15) to have a permanent pacemaker fitted and was placed in the intensive care unit to recuperate.

Now a spokesperson for the Jackson clan has told TMZ.com Joe is starting to feel like his old self and has been cracking jokes from his hospital bed. He has also regained his sight and his speech is not impaired.

The news emerges hours after Joe Jackson's representative warned: "So far he's doing OK, but he's not out of the woods yet."