Surgeon says Justin Bieber showing early signs of recovery

Justin Bieber at the Drew House. Image: Reuters/Mario Anzuoni

LONDON – Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber is showing early signs of recovery after being diagnosed with a virus that left half of his face paralyzed, according to a facial paralysis surgeon.

In a video posted to Instagram, Bieber said he contracted Ramsay Hunt Syndrome, which affected the nerves in his ear and face. He noticed that his right eye was not blinking.

Charles Nduka, consultant in plastic reconstructive surgery in the UK and co-founder of the charity Facial Palsy UK, said about 75% of patients with the syndrome who receive early treatment, including steroids and antivirals, make a full recovery.

“In the video shared by Mr. Bieber, I noticed that he does show some signs of recovery, which is reassuring,” Nduka told Reuters.

“With facial paralysis, one of the most obvious things is that patients can’t close their eyes completely to blink, and they can’t smile,” Nduka added.

“Before the smile is restored, the first thing that will develop is an increase in facial symmetry at rest. Thus, the base of the nose often rises slightly, and the mouth becomes more even. In the video that was shared, I saw some signs of an early recovery.”

Bieber, 28, said he was physically unable to perform at upcoming concerts.

Nduka said he works with patients in the entertainment industry and it’s important that they address any issues that weaken the immune system first before returning to work.

“They will be under financial pressure and all kinds of pressure to get back there as soon as possible, but this will only lead to long-term problems,” he said. J.B.


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