Amitabh Bachchan opens up about the battle with Tuberculosis; says I am associated with TB campaign because I was a patient myself

Amitabh Bachchan is one of the Bollywood celebrities who is associated with various campaigns. Amitabh has promoted many social and medical campaigns in his life. He has been associated with many social campaigns like Swachh Bharat, Beti Bachao and a number of medical campaigns like T.B, Hebatitis B and Polio. He has worked in many advertisements for the promotion of these mentioned campaigns.

But many are unaware that Amitabh is himself a victim of Hepatitis B. Recently, during an interview regarding 10th season of his reality show ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’, he opened up about his fight with Hepatitis B. Republic quoted the legendary actor saying, “My associations with Tuberculosis and Hepatitis B started a year back. I have no qualms in admitting that I am associated with the Tuberculosis campaign because I was a patient myself and I am currently battling Hepatitis B”.

He also spoke about, how he got affected by the disease. “In 1982, when I had an accident on the sets of Coolie, I needed blood and there were about 200 donors and one of them, unfortunately, was carrying the Hepatitis B virus which could not be detected at that time and that went into my system in 1982 and in 2006-07 it was suddenly discovered that it has eaten 75% of my liver. So I am actually surviving on 25% of the liver”, he said.

“I was able to talk about Hepatitis B because I was able to give a live example. The example to not to have sympathy for me or anything like that, the example was, ‘get yourself detected, do your tests’. If you do your tuberculosis test, if you do your hepatitis test, then if you have a problem, it can be cured and not wait for 15 years like me,” Amitabh further said.

On the work front, Amitabh is currently shooting for ‘Brahmastra’, which is slated to release in August 2019. The film also stars Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt.

(To receive our E-paper on whatsapp daily, please click here. We permit sharing of the paper's PDF on WhatsApp and other social media platforms.)

Free Press Journal