Facial Paralysis Overcome by Justin Bieber
At the beginning of the month, Justin Bieber had to cancel the rest of his Justice World Tour, and all future events, including his U.S. tour in 2024. The reason for it being that he was still diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt Syndrome. He had tried to fight through the facial paralysis for the tour. Bieber had been infected with the syndrome in June of last year. He was currently on tour, so Bieber paused it for almost two months to recover, before canceling the tour. He must have accepted that he was never going to be able to recover from it. In September, he tweeted about the experience. “I performed six live shows, but it took a real toll on me.”
Ramsay Hunt Syndrome, also known as herpes zoster oticus, is a complication of shingles. The name comes from the neurologist who first described it, back in 1907, James Ramsay Hunt. It is caused by the virus reactivating at the facial nerve. On top of facial paralysis, it could also cause a rash and several other problems. Treatment for the syndrome includes antiviral medication, steroids to reduce inflammation of the nerve, and pain relievers. Only about 70% of people are able to fully or almost fully recover from the syndrome.
Justin Bieber Recovers
On Wednesday, Bieber posted on Instagram a video of his improvement. It has a caption of “Wait for it” with Bieber looking around. Eventually, he smiled with his full face for us for the first time in a year. It is amazing that Justin Bieber was able to fully recover from the paralysis. There was a chance that he would have been permanently paralyzed, especially with how bad it must have been for it to have taken almost a full year for his recovery.
Hopefully, now that his face is recovered again, Bieber will be able to un-cancel some of those shows for his U.S. tour and maybe even make some new songs from the experience. Despite the pain he was in, Bieber was able to have a religious experience from it. He had talked about it in June. Regardless of what he does, it will probably be done with caution so he does not injure himself again.