- Prince Zulu was diagnosed with TB in 2010
- He spent 3 months in hospital and weighed just 27kg at one point
- He recalled how he recovered, adding that the queens prayed for him
King Goodwill Zwelithini's son, Prince Nhanganiso Zulu, has told of how he almost lost his life to tuberculosis.
Prince Zulu is a TB ambassador in KwaZulu-Natal. He was speaking during the commemoration of World TB day in Durban on 22 March, Briefly.co.za learned.
The prince showed Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi and the crowd the large scars on his body caused by the disease.
He spent three months at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital in Durban and weighed just 27kg at one point. One of his lungs also collapsed and his breathing was only at 15 percent.
According to Sowetan Live, Prince Zulu said:
I don’t know how I survived. I am appealing to you to take care of people with TB. It’s not an easy thing to take tablets for TB. There is nothing as painful as to die without all your body parts.
He added that the royal family was so worried that the queens prayed for his recovery every day. King Zwelithini, who also attended the event, said his son's case showed that TB affected everyone.
Minister Motsoaledi and Deputy President David Mabuza, who was the keynote speaker, also hailed Prince Zulu's campaign for more people to get tested.
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