For eight years legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan did not know that he was suffering from tuberculosis and recently shared that he does not mind calling himself a tuberculosis survivor.
Amitabh was attending NDTV's Swasth India launch and was speaking to doctor Harsh Vardhan urging him to spread awareness about regular check ups to facilitate early diagnosis.
"“I keep quoting my personal example all the time and try and propagate the idea of getting yourself detected and I don’t mind saying this publicly I am a tuberculosis survivor, Hepatitis B survivor... 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,”" - Amitabh Bachchan
The 76-year-old star has in the past been associated with various health campaigns against diseases like Polio, Hepatitis B, Tuberculosis and diabetes. Big B once again urged people to get tested and diagnosed.
"“Then there is a cure. Even with Tuberculosis. I did not know for almost 8 years I was suffering from Tuberculosis. I keep saying that with immodesty if it can happen to me to anyone. Therefore if you are not willing to get yourself tested then you would never find out and there’s never going to be a cure for it.”" - Amitabh Bachchan
Amitabh was last seen on the big screen in the Shah Rukh Khan produced thriller Badla which also starred Taapsee Pannu. He will next be seen in 11th season of Kaun Banega Crorepati and the epic period drama Sye Raa Narsimha Reddy. He also has Nagraj Manjule’s Jhund and the Emraan Hashmi starrer Chehre coming up.
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