Justin Bieber Diagnosed With Rare Condition Causing Paralysis On His Face

Fridah Wangechi | 2 years ago
American musician Justin Bieber has announced that he was diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt Syndrome. PHOTO: Justin Bieber, Instagram

American musician Justin Bieber has announced that he will be taking a break from touring and performances after he was diagnosed with a rare condition that causes paralysis on one side of his face.

Taking to his Instagram account, the star announced that he was diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt Syndrome which has paralysed the  right side of his face and hence will not appearing on stage anytime soon.

"It is from this virus that attacks the nerve in my ear and my facial nerves and has caused my face to have paralysis," he 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." he stated.

The syndrome ,according to the Mayo Clinic in the United States, occurs when a shingles rash outbreak affects the facial nerve near one of the patient's ears which then escalates to facial paralysis and hearing loss in the affected ear.

Beiber expressed his remorse over the thousands of fans who were waiting eagerly to see him perform, even more disappointed that he  was physically not capable of doing the shows.

"This is pretty serious, as you can see. I wish this wasn't the case, but, obviously, my body's telling me I've got to slow down," he said. "I hope you guys understand. I'll be using this time to just rest and relax and get back to a hundred percent so that I can do what I was born to do."

He however was hopeful that he would get back in shape soon, but was not sure of the time he would be out in recovery , with already three of his shows postponed for allow him to rest.

"It's going to be ok,," he said. "I have hope, and I trust God." Beiber stated, thanking his fans for being patient, adding that he had already began treatment as he's been doing facial exercises to help regain movement.

The singer was also faced with another health scare early this year, only this time on his wife Hailey Beiber , who was hospitalised after a blood clot was found on her brain.

She had initially had suffered a mini-stroke owing to a small hole on her heart from which the clot traveled to her brain but underwent surgery that repaired the 13-millimeter hole.