Bret Michaels' "sheer will to live" has been praised by his doctor.

The former Poison rocker - who is in a critical but stable condition after suffering a brain haemorrhage last month - amazed medical experts by the way he has fought back from the condition because he didn't want his family to see him suffer.

Neurosurgeon Dr. Joseph Zabramski of the Barrow Neurological Institute, where the singer is being treated, said: "Bret's sheer will to live and fully recover is undeniable. He has unbelievable fight in him and told me what kept him alive at the moment of the haemorrhage was that he 'did not want his family to wake up and see him lying unconscious in the middle of the floor."

Bret received treatment after complaining of an "excruciating" headache and the medic admitted the rocker's "fight to stay conscious during the haemorrhage and get to the emergency room" meant it was possible for him to receive the risky intra-cranial surgery that saved his life.