Actor Bill lost the ability to communicate 18 months ago after suffering from aphasia – a disorder affecting the brain that Bruce Willis revealed last week that he had been diagnosed.
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Bill’s star Chris Ellison hasn’t been able to speak for more than a year and a half since he was diagnosed with the same disorder that affects the brain as Bruce Willis.
The 75-year-old TV star was diagnosed with aphasia – which causes him to lose the ability to speak or communicate – after he suffered a stroke in 2020.
Last Wednesday, family members close to 67-year-old action star Bruce revealed that he was forced to retire from acting after being diagnosed with an illness.
Bruce’s story encouraged the Chris family to share their own grief after the star – who played DCI Frank Burnside on The Bill and the Burnside spin-off, from 1984 to 2000 – also fell ill.
Chris’ wife, Anita, 69 years old told The Sun on Sunday: “It was terrible, we were so alone. Chris is trapped in his body. He can understand everything going on around him but cannot speak, read or write.
“He hasn’t uttered any meaning for 18 months. Sometimes I feel like I’ve lost my gallant, funny and caring husband.
“It was frustrating for both of us but when he looked into my eyes I saw he was still there. I cried in a bucket, it was a kind of mourning. But he is still here with us, still very caring and loving.”
The Sun on Sunday details the dramatic hospital delivery Chris endured when he suffered a stroke at home in Brighton nearly two years ago.
He was discovered on his bedroom floor by his wife and immediately raised the alarm – but paramedics were unable to carry him down a narrow spiral staircase to take him to the hospital.
Instead, the actor was carefully conducted through a roof window and then taken to hospital in a helicopter, where doctors fought to save him after a stroke and blood clot formed. which they cannot remove.
After being warned he might not survive the night, Chris made it through and was later taught how to walk and feed himself as he recovered.
Anita says she is talking about Chris’ aphasia to help highlight the condition and to support others who may be struggling after their diagnosis.
“I want people to come to him, talk to him even when he can’t reciprocate,” she said. I hope it breaks the silence.
“I also hope that saying he has aphasia will help all people with aphasia to better understand.”
On Wednesday, Hollywood was devastated when it was reported that Bruce Willis would no longer act in films as his health began to deteriorate.
A statement shared by his 33-year-old daughter, Rumer, said: “To Bruce’s amazing supporters, as a family, we want to share our beloved Bruce. i have had some health problems and was recently diagnosed with aphasia which is affecting my cognitive abilities.
“As a result of this and with much consideration, Bruce is leaving a career that means a lot to him.
“This has been a truly challenging time for our family and we are so grateful for your love, compassion, and unwavering support. We’re conducting this as a strong family unit and want to engage his fans because we know how much he means to you, just as you do to him. “
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https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/bills-chris-ellisons-wife-discusses-26621892 Bill's wife Chris Ellison discusses losing him to the same disorder as Bruce Willis