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Bret Michaels Adds Heart Surgery to Lengthy ‘List of Things I’ve Survived’

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Over the summer, doctors probed Ozzy Osbourne's DNA to determine why the famously debauched rocker has been able to persist despite years of substance abuse, bat-biting, and medical maladies. Their next candidate is clearly Poison's Bret Michaels, who can now add heart surgery to the list of things he's survived -- the rundown includes a massive brain hemorrhage, a warning stroke, a relationship with Pamela Anderson, a nose-crushing mishap at the Tony Awards, three seasons of STD free-for-all "Rock of Love," a severe 1994 car accident that demolished his Ferrari, and persistent Type 1 diabetes.

Yesterday's procedure repaired a hole in the 47-year-old singer/guitarist's heart, a life-long condition he discovered after last year's hemorrhage nearly killed him (his "Celebrity Apprentice" boss Donald Trump told TMZ Michaels was in "big, big trouble, and the prognosis is not great" at the time). After battling back from the brain bleeding, Michaels was well enough to star in another reality show -- his true test of healthiness -- and doctors say his most recent surgery to fix what's known as patent foramen ovale was successful.

"Barring any complications, I should be out within three to four days," Michaels said a few days before he checked into an Arizona hospital. "Then, I will be down for three weeks. I don't know if I can sit around for that long, but I'll try my best." He'll likely pass the time making jokes about how the surgery was executed -- docs inserted a catheter near his groin ("Hey-o!").

[Photo: Donald Kravitz/Getty Images]

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