It's a broadcaster's worst nightmare when they lose their voice and for INSIDE EDITION’s Jim Moret, it was a reality.
There were nodules on Moret's vocal cords that caused him to lose his voice so his doctor ordered him not to say a word for nearly an entire month, fearing he might lose his voice forever if he spoke.
Moret said: “It’s been frustrating. Day after day of no talking.”
His wife, Keri, became his voice and he also communicated by using a white board.
His doctor, Randy Schnitman, an ear nose and throat specialist, put a camera down Moret's nose into his throat, where he saw a spot on his cords. The spot was small but rubbed like a blister.
Dr. Schnitman said: “This last little spot. Unfortunately, it's enough to really throw everything out of whack.”
Actress and performer Julie Andrews’ singing voice was ruined after vocal cord surgery to remove nodules. So, more than anything, Moret wanted to avoid surgery.
“I have to admit it, I’m really worried,” he said.
Instead, Moret took a concoction of 10 different medications, but mainly, his treatment was dead silence - and on day 23, he was finally cleared for speech therapy.
He said: “My vocal muscles are so weak I actually have to learn how to speak again.”
His speech therapist said: “He's recovering his ability to use his voice in all of this complexity.”
The silent treatment has lasted for nearly a month. Finally he was cleared to return to work - and it is good to have him back.
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