EastEnders star John Partridge left unable to speak for months

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John Partridge underwent surgery after discovering cysts on his vocal cords.

The former EastEnders actor opened up about the ‘debilitating’ health scare during a recent episode on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch.

John, 52, gave the health update as he explained that he had the procedure after discovering cysts that needed to be removed.

He said: “I had two surgeries on my vocal cords through the pandemic and it wasn’t guaranteed that I’d ever be able to sing or speak really again.

“I just got my all-clear last week from Guy’s Hospital that I’m fully fit, fighting fit and ready to go.”

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The actor, who is currently starring in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, said it has “raised the pitch of his voice”.

He explained: “My first surgery I had a cyst on my left vocal cord and that went really, really well but I healed really badly because it had been historic.

“My body didn’t realise that it didn’t have a cyst anymore. So when they took it away and packed it, my body went, “Ooh, what is that?!” and pushed it out, so I was scarred really badly.

“So when I got back in and they saw it, I had what they call a glottoplasty.”

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John added: “This is what happens when you go from male to female transition, it’s kind of the female vocal feminisation process where they slightly shave away your vocal chord to raise the pitch of your voice.

“So my left chord they slightly shaved that away so I got myself a couple more notes at the top.

“So I now have the voice I should have had [when I was younger].”

The actor explained he has now been given the all-clear after being unable to speak for nine months.

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