World TB Day – A Story of TB Survivor, Who is becoming a Doctor!

At the age of just 17, Sukesh MS was studying when his left leg turned gangrenous and later had to be amputated. While under treatment, he suffered from acute stomachache and eventually diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB) of the kidneys and one of them had to be removed.
Sukesh underwent a kidney transplant after his mother donated one of hers. However, This tragedy made him more determined towards his childhood dreams. Now at the age of 24 yearsSukesh is an MBBS student of Vydehi Institute of Medical Science and Research Centre. This vegetable vendor is all set to become a doctor next year.

“I have overcome many odds and that has only made me positive. I drew inspiration from doctors who were treating me,” Sukesh recalled. His parents — Sriram M and Nirmala S, KR Puram residents — say their hearts swell with pride on seeing what their son has achieved. “Coming from a poor background, we have suffered a lot. But many people helped us, including doctors who treated without charging any fee,” said Sriram.

During his PU days, Sukesh could attend classes only for three days a week as he had to undergo dialysis every alternate day. His kidney transplant was done in May 2013 when he had to appear for CET counseling. The boy couldn’t go for the interview as he lay on a hospital bed.


“He got a medical seat allotted through sports quota as he had been an athlete. But he couldn’t go for the interview. On our request, an official came to see his condition in the hospital,” said the father.
Today is World Tuberculosis Day. But Curable tuberculosis still remains among top 10 deadly disease of the world and India is still leading in death due to TB. A day before World TB Day Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi set the deadline to eradicate the epidemic from India, which accounts for 25 percent of the global tuberculosis cases. This is five years ahead of the 2030 deadline set by other countries.
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