Few months back, we told you that Salman Khan’s Veergati co-star Pooja Dadwal is suffering from Tuberculosis and other lung-related ailments.
The actress who has been admitted to Mumbai’s T B Hospital, Sewri for the past five months, has finally beats tuberculosis and walked out of the hospital healthier and a full 20 kg heavier, yesterday.
Dadwal, who weighed 23 kg, was admitted in the hospital in March. She’s put on more than 20 kg since and thanks Salman’s Being Human foundation for lending support after her family abandoned her and she lost all hope of ever recovering from the illness.
After getting discharged from the hospital, Pooja headed to Goa. She told Mumbai Mirror, “I can’t describe how I am feeling. When I was hospitalised on March 2, I thought I was going to die there – bedridden in a corner of that depressing ward. My family and friends had abandoned me. I gave up all hope after the doctors told me that my lungs were severely affected. Incessant coughing and breathlessness had left me weak. And I saw so many like me, dying all alone – their friends and family, like mine, had deserted them. But then I decided that I don’t want to end up like that. I decided to fight, to not let the disease win. Yes, one of the side-effects of tuberculosis is social rejection but I am really thankful to Salman Khan who lent me the support. From clothes to soaps, diapers, food, medicines, his foundation took care of everything. If I survived the ordeal, it is only because of him.”
Dr Lalit Anande, medical superintendent of the hospital, further told Mirror, “Pooja fought this deadly bacteria only because of her will power. When I first met her in the ward, she told me, ‘I want to walk again, please do something so that I can stand on my feet and walk again’.”
Doctors at the hospital said that Pooja’s health substantially improved thanks to the multi vitamins and protein supplements being provided to her by Salman Khan’s charitable foundation, Being Human, which helped build her immune system.
“A majority of the patients who come to the TB hospital are from the economically weaker section of society, who cannot afford the various multivitamins and other supplements. But since they seem to have worked in Pooja’s case, we can definitely try to give it to other patients,” added Dr Anande.
Pooja will have to continue her medication for at least another month. “We were stumped with Pooja’s latest CT scan report. The lesions were reduced, her appetite was better, she has gained weight, her sputum was negative. Though her report suggests that she is TB bacteria free but she has to complete another one month course,” said Dr Anande.