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June 2008
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Vocal cord paralysis

(from Jake)
Well I guess Jackson's vocal cords are not to good.  They ended up putting a tube in his stomach to help feed him.  The left vocal cord is paralyzed.  It's not sure how long it will be but that is why they are giving him the feeding tube.  They are going to take another look at it on Monday and decide what they can do from there.  He has all of other lines out and we should be able to hold him today.


Vocal cord paralysis is a voice disorder that occurs when one or both of the vocal cords (or vocal folds) do not open or close properly. Vocal cord paralysis is a common
disorder. The vocal cords are two elastic bands of muscle tissue located in the larynx (voice box) directly above the trachea (windpipe). The vocal cords produce voice when air held in the lungs is released and passed through the closed vocal cords, causing them to vibrate. When a person is not speaking, the vocal cords remain apart to allow the person to breathe. Someone who has vocal cord paralysis often has difficulty swallowing and coughing because food or liquids slip into the trachea and lungs. This happens because the paralyzed cord or cords remain open, leaving the airway passage and the lungs unprotected.

They also told Sara that the first part of November looks like a possibility for him to come home.