Google CEO Larry Page suffering from vocal cord paralysis

Google CEO Larry Page set the record straight on Tuesday about speculations revolving around his health. In a post on Google+, the head honcho said, "I went to a doctor and was diagnosed with left vocal cord paralysis". This condtition, at the time, had not really affected him, beyond leaving him with a "slightly weaker voice than normal", Page clarified, while talking about his ability to run the company.   


Talking about it on the company’s social networking site, the head honcho revealed that he had been diagnosed with the affliction after suffering a bad cold 14 years ago. At the time, after consulting doctors, it was found that his left vocal cord was left paralyzed. Doctors though, could not find the cause behind this. At the time, doctors assured him that the subsequent paralysis of the other vocal cord was extremely rare.

This assurance was left unfounded last year, as another bout of the cold caused complications in his right vocal cord. Since then, things have taken a turn for the better, he said. The condition, according to his post, is caused due a nerve problem that did not allow his vocal cords to move properly.

Recovering well

Recovering well



Page’s announcement comes a day before the web giant’s annual conference in San Francisco which hosts a meet for software developers who work on applications for Google’s Android and Chrome based systems.

The transparency that Page demonstrated is a welcome change from the usual trend, where afflictions are seen as weaknesses and hence must be hidden. The most notable case of this was former Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs, who remained caged about his fight with pancreatic cancer.      

In his post, Page went into some detail about his condition, and how he has learnt to live with it. With a hint of humor, he said that the affliction causes extended monologues to become more tedious for him and for the audience as well. He also spoke in some detail about how the affliction affects his breathing, thus reducing his ability to exercise at peak aerobic capacity. He also spoke about his efforts towards supporting a research program at the Voice Health Institute, headed by one of the specialists he had consulted with, Dr Steven Zeitels of Harvard Medical School.

His post ends on a positive note, one, that while his voice may be softer than before, the affliction will not cause him to lose it completely. Secondly, reflecting an empathetic note, he attaches a link to a survey being conducted by Voice Health for people who may be suffering from the same issue.

Published Date: May 15, 2013 11:25 am | Updated Date: May 15, 2013 11:25 am