Amitabh Bachchan: Didn’t Know For Eight Years I Had Tuberculosis
“I did not know for almost 8 years I was suffering from Tuberculosis.”
Big B; Bollywood’s biggest superstar; cinematic legend; icon; angry young man - Amitabh Bachchan has many identities. A tuberculosis survivor is an unlikely one.
But Big B has no inhibitions in calling himself a TB survivor.
For eight years, Bollywood’s big patriarch had no inkling that he was suffering from the disease. Speaking at NDTV's Swasth India launch in a conversation with Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, Bachchan cited his powerful personal example to urge people to get regular check ups to facilitate an early diagnosis.
The 76-year-old actor further said, “Bad blood infusion went in and 75 percent of my liver is gone. But because I was able to detect it even after a period of 20 years, when 75 percent of my liver is gone. I am still surviving on 25 percent.”
Bachchan has often been involved in high profile health awareness campaigns, for instance, the polio campaign. Hepatitis B, Tuberculosis and diabetes are some of the other campaigns he’s involved with.
Speaking about the importance of an early diagnosis, Bachchan added,
Here’s hoping Bachchan’s personal example and his weight around the TB campaign would spread more awareness about the disease.
(Make sure you don't miss fresh news updates from us. Click here to stay updated)