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Bernard Dunne undergoes electric shock treatment in bid to fight Bell’s Palsy

Published 12/11/2013 | 07:50

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Boxer Bernard Dunne in a pic he posted on his Twitter account - the former world champion told how he has Bell's Palsy and is pictured undergoing treatment
1 January 2013; Bernard Dunne, the former WBA Super Bantamweight World Champion with Philip McMahon, Dublin Blue Stars, before the start of the second half of the game. Annual Football Challenge 2013, Dublin v Dublin Blue Stars, St Peregrine's Club, Blakestown Road, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Bernard Dunne with his family and Katie Taylor

FORMER boxing world champion Bernard Dunne has Bell’s Palsy.

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The Dubliner revealed he is suffering from the condition, which causes facial muscles to weaken or become paralysed.

Yesterday, he posted an image on Twitter showing him undergoing treatment for the condition.

The father-of-two is hooked up to electrodes that are used to try and shock the affected muscles back into action.

However Bernard, who is married to wife Pamela, insisted the condition is not linked to his career as a boxer, before reassuring concerned supporters that it looked far worse than it is.

He wrote: “Have Bell’s Palsy for 4 5 weeks now which is a pain. Trying a new approach to get rid. Electric shocks. #NoPainNoGain.”

He later told a fan that he believed the condition arose from a viral infection, and not from boxing.

“Looks far worse than it actually is 2 b fair but not definitely not enjoyable to have,” he wrote.

Bell’s Palsy is a form of facial paralysis resulting from a dysfunction of the cranial nerve.

The condition can affect the ability to eat and drink, making it difficult for sufferers to form normal facial expressions.

The average time for recovery can take anywhere between a few weeks to a few months depending on how early treatment can start.

Actor Pierce Brosnan has suffered from the condition in the past, as have George Clooney and Sylvester Stallone. All have made a full recovery.

Former Dublin Deputy Lord Mayor and Labour politician Maria Parodi has also suffered from the condition.

Last year, Maria (28) told of how she initially feared she had suffered a stroke after her face ‘drooped’.

She was soon diagnosed with the condition, and with the assistance of treatment using electrodes and therapy, was soon able to smile again.

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