A short film — From Survivor to a Champion — chronicling a 32-year-old Borivli resident’s battle with drug-resistant tuberculosis is aimed at raising the hopes of many TB patients.
Uploaded on social networking websites, including Facebook and YouTube on World TB Day on Tuesday, the documentary tells the story of Deepti Chavan from the time she was detected with TB when she was 16. “During my treatment, a doctor told my parents to stop wasting money and allow me to die peacefully,” said Chavan, a home-maker, who works on creating awareness about TB.
“There is no face to TB patients. Through Deepti’s story we aim to create awareness and challenges faced by patients,” said Chapal Mehra, an independent public health consultant and part of the team that made the film.
“In 2004, my condition worsened as I was not responding medications. No doctor was ready to operate on me,” said Chavan, who underwent a life-threatening surgery to remove her entire left lung, which was harbouring the drug resistant TB bacilli. Even after the treatment, the road to recovery was long.
“At one point, I weighed around 32 kg. Today, I am married and living happily. I want to share my story with other patients so they don’t allow TB to win,” she said.