Amitabh Bachchan suffers from Hepatitis B and has lost almost 75 per cent of his liver due to late diagnosis of the disease.
Amitabh Bachchan (right) with Union Health and Family Welfare Minister JP Nadda at an event to create awareness on Hepatitis-B and its vaccine. The Big B is UNICEF’s goodwill ambassador. Pic/Pradeep Dhivar
The mega star made this revelation during a Hepatitis B media awareness campaign. He said during the shooting of Coolie (1983) he had met with an injury for which around 200 people had donated blood as per medical requirement.
He posted on his blog, “60 collective bottles of blood was pumped into me during my accident in Coolie.. one infusion was carrying the dreaded virus Australian antigen Hep B .. it remained in my body and silently ate up my liver .. took away 75 per cent of it until during a routine examination in the mid 2000’s, say around 2004 or 5, it was discovered .. I am now surviving on a 25 per cent liver .. under constant medication and being labelled as a chronic cirrhosis of the liver condition .. a condition normally described for alcoholics .. but as all know , I do not drink.
But I live and work and play and act and conduct normal family activities .. awareness and timely detection has done it for me .. it could get worse, for it is in remission now, and monitored regularly. And that is but one of my many serious ailments that plague me (sic).”