Feb 16, 2010 9:51 AM by Associated Press

Roger Ebert cannot speak, but still communicates

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.


»Topics in this article

Most Popular

Top Videos

1 2 3 4