'I Thought I was Going to Die...But Salman Lent Me Support': Former Co-star Thanks Salman Khan
Pooja Dadwal, Salman Khan's Co-star in 'Veergati' had been hospitalised with tuberculosis and had appealed for his help
Salman Khan's formal co-star Pooja Dadwal, who starred with him in the film Veergati, made headlines when she was found in a penniless condition fighting an aggressive lung disease a few months ago. The good news on her front is that she is better than she was before but unfortunately, not fully cured and worse, she still has no money to cure herself completely. However, she is out of hospital.
Pooja has been fighting a five-month long battle with tuberculosis during which the large-hearted Salman Khan came to her rescue, hearing of her plight. Pooja’s family had reportedly abandoned her during her illness. The former actress has been quoted as saying that she would not have survived had it not been for Salman's help.
Here's the video appeal, take a look.
As it turns out, she still doesn't have money to look after herself. So, she has again issued an appeal to Salman to help her out.
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 as both her lungs were infected before Salman’s Being Human Foundation stepped in with financial aid. “I just heard about it, and we are trying to help out 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 been quoted.
“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 Mumbai Mirror.
Now, Pooja is heading to Goa after being discharged. “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 told Mumbai Mirror.