Nicoya Rescorla and Justin Bieber both suffer from the effects of Ramsay Hunt Syndrome

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‘Heartbreaking’: Woman with same syndrome as Justin Bieber speaks out

A woman who is living with the lasting effects of Ramsay Hunt syndrome, has spoken out after Justin Bieber revealed his own diagnosis.

Nicoya Rescorla and Justin Bieber both suffer from the effects of Ramsay Hunt Syndrome

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A UK woman who suffers from Ramsay Hunt syndrome – the same medical condition experienced by Justin Bieber – has shared her reaction following his social media reveal.

Over the weekend, a video posted by the pop singer on Instagram went viral. In it, he revealed that half of his face had been paralysed due to the viral infection.

Justin Bieber also announced that he had paused his world tour amid doctors’ orders to rest and recover.


Nicoya Rescorla, who is the same age as Justin Bieber – 28 – spoke to Reuters about contracting Ramsay Hunt Syndrome in 2020

The English mom-of-three revealed that she was diagnosed with the condition amid personal struggles, like a sick child and ageing grandfather.

“I think personally for me stress was a huge factor, a huge factor,” she told the news agency.

Of Justin Bieber’s revelation, she shared: “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. 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.”

Rescorla revealed that she was still living with the effects of Ramsay Hunt Syndrome.

She continued: “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”. The woman added that she now struggles with vertigo and needs assistance whenever she leaves her home.

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Justin Bieber revealed in his video that the virus had affected his face and ears, causing paralysis. It is unclear if he has any hearing loss

According to US doctor Anthony Youn, Ramsay Hunt is the re-emergence of the dormant varicella-zoster virus (VZV), which manifests as shingles. Ramsay Hunt syndrome can be treated by either steroids or anti-viral medication and has a relatively high full recovery rate if treated within three days.


Following Justin Bieber’s video health update, which has seen over 50 million views in just 2 days, fans from all over the world have sent their love and best wishes for a full recovery

Included were some of the biggest stars in the entertainment industry. See what a few of Justin Bieber’s celeb pals had to say below:

Shawn Mendes: “Love you so much. I admire you so much.”

Kehlani: “I love you dude, please take all the time you need!!”

DJ Khaled: “Love u brother! You will be great! Rest up, brother. We love u! GOD LOVES YOU! WE LOVE GOD! Love forever!”

Justin Timberlake:  “Love you, bro. Prayers up and sending lots of healing vibes!”

Khloe Kardashian: We are praying for you! We love you!! Rest up! Everyone understands”

Bear Grylls: “You are very brave. You are going to be fine buddy… you are loved by many and will always keep you in their prayers.

Even SA’s DJ Zinhle shared: “I love you so much. You will be okay”.


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