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Justin Bieber has announced that he has been diagnosed with a viral infection known as Ramsay Hunt syndrome, which has paralysed half of his face.
He posted a video on Instagram detailing his diagnosis and giving fans a glimpse at his face, the right right side of which is completely immobile.
He also revealed that he will have to cancel a series of his upcoming shows until he can get movement back on the paralysed half of his face.
"As you can probably see from my face, I have this syndrome called Ramsay Hunt syndrome," Bieber said in the video. "As you can see, this eye is not blinking. I can't smile on this side of my face. This nostril will not move, so there's full paralysis on this side of my face."
Bieber then proceeded to demonstrate throughout the video how he cannot blink, smile or move the entire right side of his face. He explained that he has been doing facial exercises to regain movement, but that it will take some time to recover.
"So for those who are frustrated by my cancellations of the next shows, I'm just physically, obviously not able to do them. This is pretty serious, as you can see," he added. "I wish this wasn't the case but obviously my body is telling me I gotta slow down."
According to the Mayo Clinic, "Ramsay Hunt syndrome is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. After chickenpox clears up, the virus still lives in your nerves. Years later, it may reactivate, causing shingles." When it does, it can affect your facial nerves. It can cause facial paralysis and hearing loss in the affected ear. The virus is not contagious, but anyone who has had chickenpox can develop this syndrome at some point during their adulthood.
It is unclear how Bieber contracted the virus, and he doesn't know how long it will take to recover, but it is possible he may have contracted it several years ago during a bout of chickenpox. However, he has hope that everything will be fine.
"It's going to be okay," he said. "I hope, and I trust God and I trust that this is all for a reason."
For support and more information about Ramsay Hunt Syndrome, please visit the Mayo Clinic website.
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