Amitabh Bachchan Reveals He's Lost 75% Of His Liver To Cirrhosis

24/11/2015 1:14 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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GURGAON, INDIA - NOVEMBER 20: Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan during the launch of the TB free Haryana campaign at Medanta Hospital on November 20, 2015 in Gurgaon, India. The government will collaborate with Medanta-The Medicity for the ‘TB free Haryana’ campaign, which will be supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan will be the brand ambassador of the campaign. (Photo by Abhinav Saha/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

In August 1982, an entire nation went into mourning when reigning superstar Amitabh Bachchan was seriously injured during a fight sequence with co-actor Puneet Issar during the shoot of Manmohan Desai's Coolie (1983).

Fans across the country prayed for his recovery as Bachchan, then not even 40 years old, fought for his life, having suffered serious damage to his intestines. Eventually, he recovered. Coolie released a year later and became a box-office hit.

However, in 2000, after 18 years of functioning normally, he discovered that he had lost 75% of his liver due to cirrhosis caused by a newly-discovered antigen of Hepatitis B, which entered his body through one of the 200 blood transfusions he had to undergo during his treatment, said a report by The Indian Express.

Bachchan had revealed these details on his blog earlier, as reported by DNA in 2010. On Monday, Bachchan spoke again about his condition at the launch of a Hepatitis B campaign kickstarted by the Health Ministry in association with UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund) in Mumbai. About 40 million people in India are estimated to be suffering from Hepatitis B in India at the moment, and the campaign aims to eradicate this completely over the next ten years.

However, this does not mean that Bachchan is in any immediate danger. While cirrhosis is generally associated with alcoholism, Bachchan, 73, has reportedly been a teetotaler for 35 years and has been under constant supervision for a while. He is also known to follow a strict vegetarian diet and a healthy lifestyle (which includes no smoking, tea, coffee, aerated drinks, sweets, and even rice)

Moreover, medical literature says that the liver, which is known for possessing a "remarkable capacity to regenerate", can revert to its original state even after being reduced to a quarter of its size. The Indian Express also quoted Bachchan as saying, "The good part is you can survive even with 12%. But no one wants to get to that stage."

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