What is wrong with Bruce Willis? Aphasia explained – main symptoms and condition in full

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What is wrong with Bruce Willis? Aphasia explained – main symptoms and condition in full

Hollywood heavyweight Bruce Willis has called time on his acting career following his diagnosis with aphasia. The actor's family, including his wif

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Hollywood heavyweight Bruce Willis has called time on his acting career following his diagnosis with aphasia. The actor’s family, including his wife Emma Heming-Willis and ex-wife Demi Moore, announced his condition on Instagram on Wednesday. Aphasia is “impacting his cognitive abilities”, the statement said.

“With much consideration Bruce is stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him,” his family wrote in a joint statement.

“This is a really challenging time for our family and we are so appreciative of your continued love, compassion and support.”

What is aphasia?

Aphasia is when a person has difficulty with their language or speech.

It’s usually caused by damage to the left side of the brain (for example, after a stroke).

According to the NHS, people with aphasia often have trouble with the four main ways people understand and use language.

These are:

  • Reading
  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Typing or writing.

According to the NHS, speaking problems are perhaps the most obvious, and people with Aphasia may make mistakes with the words they use.

“This could be sometimes using the wrong sounds in a word, choosing the wrong word, or putting words together incorrectly,” explains the NHS.



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