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Salman Khan paid for Veergati co-star Pooja Dadwal’s TB treatment, read her thankful statement

Salman Khan’s Veergati co-star Pooja Dadwal has said that she owes her survival to him, after his Being Human foundation helped with financial aid in her five-month battle with tuberculosis.

bollywood Updated: Aug 08, 2018 18:32 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Veergati,Salman Khan,Pooja Dadwal
Salman Khan and Pooja Dadwal appeared in the 1995 film Veergati together.

Salman Khan’s Veergati co-star Pooja Dadwal was discharged from hospital after a five-month battle with tuberculosis, and she thanked Salman for having come to her help. Pooja’s family reportedly abandoned her during her illness. Pooja has said that she would not have survived had it not been for Salman.

According to Mumbai Mirror, Pooja weighed just 23 kg when she was admitted to the Sewri hospital in March. The hospital staff said that the former actor required oxygen support for almost two months and both her lungs were infected before Salman’s Being Human foundation stepped in with financial aid. Pooja had actively sought Salman’s help.

“​I just heard about it, and we are trying help our as much as we can. Our team is already on to it and taking care of it. I didn’t know she was going through a difficult phase like this. I think she will be ok,” Salman had previously said, according to DNA. The actor had also reportedly helped Tarak Mehta actor Kavi Kumar Azad with his heart surgery eight years before Azad died. In addition to Salman, it was reported that Bhojpuri star Ravi Kishan had also sent aid to Pooja.

“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’,” Dr Lalit Anande, medical superintendent of the hospital told Mirror.

After being discharged, Pooja is now heading to Goa. “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,” she said.

The report adds that Pooja will continue treatment for another month. The actor had appeared in several films towards the late ‘90s and early 2000s. Her last credited appearance, according to IMDb, is 2004’s Hindustan, which also starred Gulshan Grover.

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First Published: Aug 08, 2018 16:04 IST