Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s chief executive officer Larry Page recently disclosed the details on his condition that caused him to lose his voice last year. This condition was serious enough to make him miss the Google I/O and quarterly earning calls. He shared the details on his Google+ page. He was diagnosed with paralysis on both vocal chords. He has been gradually recovering and was able to speak during the company’s quarter earnings call earlier this year.
Part of his post on Google+ read:
About 14 years ago, I got a bad cold, and my voice became hoarse. At the time I didn’t think much about it. But my voice never fully recovered. So I went to a doctor and was diagnosed with left vocal cord paralysis. This is a nerve problem that causes your left vocal cord to not move properly. Despite extensive examination, the doctors never identified a cause — though there was speculation of virus-based damage from my cold. It is quite common in cases like these that a definitive cause is not found.
While this condition never really affected me — other than having a slightly weaker voice than normal which some people think sounded a little funny — it naturally raised questions in my mind about my second vocal cord. But I was told that sequential paralysis of one vocal cord following another is extremely rare.
The fact that Larry Page opened up about his illness shows that he is indeed doing better which should be a relief for Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) fans everywhere. Page is one of the co-founders of Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) along with Sergey Brin. It’s crucial that Page gets back to optimal health if he wants to remain in Google’s future. The search giant is one of the most promising tech companies of the future with Android devices and Google Glass.
Page has shaped the company and his input has proven to be valuable. It would also be hard to imagine a future for Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) without Page. Fortunately, after his initial recovery, Page was able to make some major strides. He also mentioned in the post that he’s now able to fully function at home and work.