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Treatment jeopardizes George Michael’s voice

George Michael battling for his life and career while being treated for pneumonia
George Michael battling for his life and career while being treated for pneumonia
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Treatment used to help singer George Michael recover from pneumonia could cause serious damage to the pop icon’s career as a vocalist.

UK’s The Sun reports that Dr. George Wohlt, a physician treating the ”One More Try” performer at the AKH hospital in Vienna, told media that Michael is currently on a ventilator, a machine which forces air into the lungs.

According to the doctor, it’s too early to tell whether or not the ventilator will permanently affect the voice of the 48-year old singer/songwriter – because "It depends how long he spends on the ventilator, but in the worst case his illness could seriously affect his singing capacity.”

Dr. Wohlt further explained by adding, "The pressure is very close to his vocal cords and it could affect them."

Meanwhile, doctors have classified the vocalist’s condition as “severe” community-acquired pneumonia, and a hospital insider has said “Cardiac specialists and internists are treating him round the clock.”

The “Father Figure” hitmaker had hoped to resume his Symphonica /The Orchestral Tour schedule in Liverpool on Nov. 30. However, 3 days ago, Austrian specialists Professor Christoph Zielinski and Professor Thomas Staudinger released a statement telling fans "Complete rest and peace and quiet are mandatory."

As a result, the Billboard chartbuster was forced to cancel the remaining 17 concert performances of his Symphonia tour.

Did you know? The first single released from George Michael’s Faith album in 1987 was the hit “I Want Your Sex” – which was not only banned by many U.S. and U.K. radio stations, but MTV restricted airtime for the video to play only during late-night hours.