Amitabh Bachchan spreads awareness about hepatitis on World Hepatitis Day

Amitabh Bachchan

  • July 28 is known as World Hepatitis Day, so yesterday the megastar Amitabh Bachchan attended an event to spread awareness about the dreaded disease. Not many know that Big B himself has been living with this fatal ailment since decades. Here’s what he said:

    Hepatitis B hit me accidentally. After the accident on the sets of ‘Coolie’ (1983), I was infused with the blood of about 200 donors and 60 bottles of blood were injected into my system. One of my blood donors was carrying Hepatitis B virus which went into my system. I continued to function normally till year 2000 and almost 18 years after the accident, during a very normal medical check-up, I was told that my liver was infected and I had lost 75 per cent of my liver,” he said while recalling his brush with the deadly disease. Advising those afflicted with liver ailments not to lose heart, the 73-year-old actor said, “So, if I am standing here today, you are looking at a person who is surviving with 25 per cent of liver. That is the bad part. But the good part is you can survive even with 12 per cent. So anyone can survive by taking medicines and regular tests.