From the description it sounds like the plant could have a terminal spike. A photo will confirm. Plants with terminal spikes generally don't survive. The problem seems to be fairly common with the mass produced, overly cloned Phals seen in big box and grocery stores. I suspect it is genetic problem related to their mass cloning/production. I have heard on occaision that these plants will produce keikis in an effort to survive, but there is always the potential for the same thing to occur in the keiki.