Big B: Amitabh Bachchan’s liver got damaged for no fault of his, and he was unaware of this ailment of his for 20 years.
Going back to the past, there is one important dialogue in his life – one being his Satte Pe Satta dialogue ‘daaru se liver kharab ho jaata hai’. But, there is an irony that he has a liver that is 75 percent ruined. He is one of those celebs who have a proven record of having no such habits that are bad for health, despite the financial ability to afford them.
We all know that he came back from the mouth of death, after his accident on Coolie sets. A lot of people don’t know that he required 60 units of blood to survive, and unfortunately, from their, he got this kidney ailment. As one blood unit among them was from a Hepatitis B-infected person.
As there is no law in India that mandates regular medical check-ups for basic diseases for every citizen. So like most people he too didn’t know about the damage caused to his liver for 20 years in a row.
Sharing all this at NDTV’s Swasth India launch, Big B said,
“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.”
“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 (it can happen) 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.”
What we all should learn from his ordeal is that we should get our body checked for basic life-altering diseases at regular intervals. And private/public sector making these checks mandatory while subscribing to Mediclaim policies can go a long way in both furthering this cause and arresting our medical bills.