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Val Kilmer

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5 hours ago, gcreptile said:

Ah...accidentally found the video - via Reddit:

 

Ah thanks. It was a different live but from around the same time (since about late 2018, don't know when exactly, he's been going live about everyday)

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That was horrible to watch and listen to. Supposedly not exactly the nicest person in Hollywood but I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy. 

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Poor Val.

 

I'm a speech pathologist - but not a specialist in voice/laryngectomy.  It seems apparent that Val has had a neck dissection (where the lymph nodes in the neck are removed) - hence why his neck looks very 'thin'.  It seems the tumour/s and/or the treatment (surgery, radiotherapy) has/have affected the function of his soft palate - which elevates during speech and closes off the nasal cavity (except for the nasal sounds, which are m, n, and ng in English); hence why he sounds so 'nasal'.

 

It also seems he has some issue with managing his oral secretions (hence the sleeve wipe), and has a reduced range of moment on the right* side of his face and with opening his jaw.

 

(*this video is shot in mirror image)

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Looks like he's put on a bit of weight which may be a good sign. His legs don't look too bad either and he's a bit less frail looking. 

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Documentary coming out about Val Kilmer's cancer battle. In remission now but now needs a voice box to communicate. As long term advocate of the "he's not that ill" brigade: he wont see 70.

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I was about to post about this. He is definitely someone to watch over the coming years.

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