Big B suffers from liver cirrhosis

Big B suffers from liver cirrhosis

Amitabh contracted the disease through transfusion of blood.

Twenty-eight years after he survived a near fatal accident on the sets of Manmohan Desai’s Hindi film “Coolie,” the 67-year-old actor says he contracted the disease, normally associated with alcoholics, through transfusion of blood from an unidentified donor during an emergency surgery.

“I was therefore technically, or shall we say in medical terminology, a patient by default,” Bachchan wrote on his blog.

Bachchan seriously injured his intestines during a fight scene with co-actor Puneet Issar on August 2, 1982. He was taken to hospital and was operated upon. He remained critically ill for many months.

“Some of the blood from a donor was infected with the Australia antigen Hepatitis. It was also an unknown hepatitis in 1982. It went into my system and festered and attacked my liver. Eight years ago, during the course of an MRI, they discovered that 25 per cent of my liver had been destroyed by it,” Bachchan said communicating to his fans through the blog.
The actor said he was surprised he was suffering from the liver disease despite being a non-drinker himself.

“Now, since the liver and any ailment associated with it is extremely sensitive, I have to be under constant vigil and monitoring, to keep checking if there is any further damage taking place to the liver or not,” he wrote.

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