Hailey Bieber wants fans to know that her husband, Canadian pop star Justin Bieber, is doing fine after being diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt syndrome.
Hailey, 25, appeared on Good morning America (GMA) Wednesday and shared that Justin, 28, is “doing very well”.
Justin Bieber says he has facial paralysis due to Ramsay Hunt syndrome
“He’s getting better every day,” Hailey said. “He’s feeling a lot better and it was clear it was just a really scary and random situation, but he’s going to be all right.”
Justin had to cancel some of his upcoming shows last week and shared on Instagram that he suffers from the syndrome that causes facial paralysis.
In a video uploaded to the social media platform on June 10, Justin showed the extent of the paralysis on one side of his face.
Justin Bieber reveals he has facial paralysis due to Ramsay Hunt syndrome
“As you can see this eye won’t blink, I can’t smile on this side of my face, this nostril won’t move,” he said in the video.
“This is pretty serious, as you can see,” he added. “I wish this wasn’t the case, but obviously my body is telling me to slow down.”
Hailey told GMA they have a lot of support and love from fans, family and friends.
“Everyone has sent good wishes, advice, recommendations. It’s actually been really great.”
She also added that while the couple has had many health problems recently (she suffered a mini-stroke earlier this year and underwent surgery to close a hole in her heart), she believes their trials have helped them develop a build a stronger bond.
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“I honestly think the silver lining of it is that it brings us a lot closer because you’re going through this together, you’re there for each other, you support each other, and there’s something that really binds you through these times.”
Justin has kept fans updated in a post, saying he leaned on his faith to get him through a tough time.
“Every day has gotten better and despite all the discomfort I have found comfort in the one who designed me and who knows me. I am reminded that he all knows me. He knows the darkest parts of me that I don’t want anyone to know and he constantly welcomes me into his loving arms. This perspective has given me peace of mind during this horrific storm that I am facing.”
Ramsay Hunt syndrome arises from the reactivation of a viral infection, according to Dr. Charles Nduka, a consultant plastic, reconstructive and cosmetic surgeon in Brighton, England.
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“Many people have heard of chickenpox, and chickenpox can cause a reactivation of the virus in the form of shingles, which is a rash that will form on the body,” he said in an interview with Reuters. “If that rash occurs near the facial nerve, it can cause a sudden onset of facial paralysis, often related to some pain around or behind the ear.”
People who develop Ramsay Hunt syndrome usually have another problem at the same time that is causing their immune system suppression, according to Nduka, who is also the co-founder of the Facial Palsy UK charity.
Patients with the syndrome will often notice that their eyes become dry and the inability to keep moisture in their mouths.
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“The symptoms Mr. Bieber described are classic for facial paralysis,” Nduka said. “Just brushing your teeth and trying to spit out the toothpaste can be very difficult if one side of the face is paralyzed.”
Ramsay Hunt syndrome has an annual incidence of 3.2 to 4.2 cases per 1,000, according to the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ).
About 75 percent of patients with the syndrome who receive early treatment are expected to make a full recovery, he added.
“I often see patients in the entertainment industry with facial paralysis and they have this very specific problem because of their livelihood,” Nduka added.
— with files from Reuters
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