AM hosts share update on Bernadine Oliver-Kerby as broadcaster remains off-air

  • 23/01/2023

AM newsreader Bernadine Oliver-Kerby will remain off-air for the time being after being diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt syndrome.

Last year, Oliver-Kerby took an extended period of sick leave from the show after experiencing facial paralysis on one side of her face due to what was thought to be Bell's palsy.

It has now been revealed Oliver-Kirby has been diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt syndrome, which has very similar symptoms to  Bell's palsy.

"She's making great progress. She is missing you all,  she sent us a text to say that, but she also has a little more resting to do," AM co-host Ryan Bridge said.

"We're really looking forward to having Bern back with us soon," AM co-host Melissa Chan-Green said.

Ramsay Hunt syndrome occurs when a shingles outbreak affects the facial nerve near one of your ears. In addition to the painful shingles rash, the syndrome can cause facial paralysis and hearing loss in the affected ear.

Pop star Justin Bieber was diagnosed with the same syndrome last year.

Watch the video above.