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Bieber illness video is heartbreaking, says UK patient with same condition

World Jun 12, 2022 01:39AM ET
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By Natasa Bansagi

(Reuters) - A patient with the same facial-paralysis causing virus that has affected Justin Bieber said on Saturday she had been saddened to see what the Canadian pop star is going through and proud that he is making people aware of the illness.

"I've watched his video and I'm not going to lie, I shed a couple of tears. I never thought that I would relate to someone so much that I didn't know," Nicoya Rescorla told Reuters in a video interview from Marazion, in southwest England.

Former teen star Bieber, 28, disclosed on Friday that he had been diagnosed with a virus that left half of his face paralysed and forced him to cancel some upcoming performances. He said in a video posted on Instagram he had contracted Ramsay Hunt syndrome, which affected nerves in his ear and face, and his right eye was not blinking.

Rescorla said she developed the syndrome 20 months ago, around the time her 11-week-old child was admitted to hospital with a severe infection and her grandfather, who she was caring for, had to move to a care home.

    "I think personally for me stress was a huge factor, a huge factor," said Rescorla, who is also 28 and has three children.

"It's hard to think of someone else going through something that you're going through. Obviously, Justin Bieber ... he's a huge celebrity, and I also felt so proud that he was spreading awareness of Ramsay Hunt syndrome.

"It was heartwarming that he was spreading awareness, but also heartbreaking that he was going through it."

Speaking of the impact of the illness on her life, Rescorla said she can no longer drive or leave the house on her own. She said she has to drink from a straw and has problems with vertigo.

"I went from being so independent, fiercely independent, to having my husband care for me because I haven't been able to do it for myself," she said.

Bieber illness video is heartbreaking, says UK patient with same condition
 

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John Smit
John Smit Jun 12, 2022 7:03AM ET
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There are none so blind as those that will not see.
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Server Admin Jun 12, 2022 3:33AM ET
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Common sense says it wasn't vaccine induced if a virus caused it. That so many are commenting associating the two with no evidence shows how blind irrational rage makes people.
Todd Gray
Todd Gray Jun 12, 2022 2:59AM ET
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I hope Faucci grows a ****on his forehead.
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Lenny Taylor Jun 12, 2022 12:31AM ET
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Unfortunate side effect of vaccination... but we all gotta take the gamble to do what’s “right”.
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Ed Nelson Jun 11, 2022 4:18PM ET
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Okay. Let’s get real. The paralysis was caused by a Shingles outbreak. Shingles is the re-emergence of the Chicken Pox Virus after having been infected by it at a young age, normally. The odd thing is that Shingles typically occurs in peopke over 55 and the elderly - those whose immune systems are not tip top. Now, then, consider Justin’s wife. She was relatively recently hospitalized due to a blood clot in the brain, I believe. If you are able to put 2+2 together, then I don’t have to tell you the odds are that Justin and his wife likely received a vaccination and maybe some boosters of some sort in the past two or so years. At least they didn’t die. Oh yeah, have y’all heard sbout the new non-diagnosis diagnosis that’s been given to all those massive numbers of people in their 20’s-40’s who are dropping dead? They’re calling it Sudden Adult Death Syndrome. And nobody has any idea what’s causing it. Wink, wink.
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The wife may be connected, or could be COVID itself. But it states Justin's was caused by a virus. A virus wasn't transmitted in the vaccine, at least that's what it sounds like you're saying. "Over the last 6 decades, there has been a steady uptick in the number of shingles cases in the United States -- even among younger adults. A 2016 study found that rates of shingles have been climbing since the mid-1940s in all age groups" https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/shingles/news/20180904/shingles-on-the-rise-among-younger-people
 
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