Kim Mulkey Has Bell's Palsy: What You Should Know About Condition Affecting Baylor Women's Coach

on March 30 2012 4:20 PM
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Baylor Lady Bears head coach Kim Mulkey has been diagnosed with Bell's palsy, but she won't let the condition get in the way of her leading the No. 1 overall seed in the women's Final Four. Twitter

Baylor Lady Bears head coach Kim Mulkey has been diagnosed with Bell's palsy, but she won't let the condition get in the way of her leading the No. 1 overall seed in the women's Final Four.

It's not going to keep me from hollering. This isn't going to change how I coach, it isn't going to change anything. I'll just be another ugly coach with a crooked face, she told the Associated Press.

Mulkey's 2012 Baylor team is the hottest in women's basketball, having had an undefeated regular season and enter the Final Four without loss to go 38-0 thus far.

Should they win out, Baylor will be the first team to have an undefeated season in women's basketball.

Bell's palsy is a temporary condition that causes paralysis or weakness on one side of the face. The paralysis is caused mostly by inflammation, according to WebMD.

Mulkey said the ailment is also affecting her hearing.

Other symptoms include pain behind the ear, drooling and a decrease in the sense of taste, according to WebMD.

While the condition can be frustrating and the initial symptoms are scary, Bell's palsy is not caused by stroke or a transient ischemic attack, also known as a mini-stroke, according to WebMD.

Should Baylor advance in the tournament, it's highly unlikely the condition will go away in time for Mulkey to celebrate feeling 100 percent.

Recovery time is usually one to two months, according to WebMD.

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