Posted: Feb 16, 2010 7:51 AM by Associated Press
Film critic Roger Ebert lost his ability to speak nearly four years ago, when he underwent a tracheostomy, a procedure that opens an airway through an incision in the windpipe,
after surgery for cancer in his jaw. For an interview in the new issue of Esquire magazine, the 67-year-old Chicago Sun-Times film critic uses pen and paper and text-to-speech computer software to communicate.
Ebert has been battling cancer since 2002, and has undergone a series of operations. When asked about the possibility of more surgery to restore his voice, Ebert shakes his head.
Besides his film reviews, Ebert writes a blog on the Internet and has published a number of books.