World TB day: 18-year-old TB survivor set to appear for SSC exams

He had given up on his life but doctors at Sewri Hospital gave him hope to recover


18-year-old Vishal had given up on his life when he realised that he is suffering from tuberculosis. Because of TB, he could not appear for his SSC exams. He had lost all hopes until he was operated at Sewri’s TB Hospital. Now, he is all smiling and will soon start preparing for his exams.

Kalyan resident Vishal was diagnosed with TB in 2016. In January 2017, he was immediately moved to Sewri’s TB Hospital where doctors told his family that his lungs were filled with water. For some days, he was given medicines but it was not helping Vishal. After six months of wait and medicines, doctors decided to go for open window thoracostomy (Eloesser window) surgery.

Accordingly, in October 2017, doctors made a small hole in his lungs and then they inserted a pipe with which they took out the water and the puss which had made Vishal’s life miserable.

When Vishal was admitted, he weighed only 39 kg and now he weighs 58 kg. TB is curable but there is a lack of awareness when it comes to surgical options. Many don’t know that TB patients can opt for surgery. I feel a general physician should suggest their TB patients about the surgical options,” Dr Lalitkumar Anande, Dean, Sewri TB hospital.

World Tuberculosis Day

World Tuberculosis Day is observed on March 24 each year, is designed to build public awareness about the global epidemic of tuberculosis (TB) and efforts to eliminate the disease. World TB Day is one of eight official global public health campaigns marked by the World Health Organization (WHO), along with World Health Day, World Blood Donor Day, World Immunization Week, World Malaria Day, World No Tobacco Day, World Hepatitis Day and World AIDS Day.

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