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Life After TB: She Is Deaf, She Still Dances, She Addressed The U.N. Today

Nandita Venkatesan of Mumbai, India, has survived two rounds of tuberculosis though one treatment caused her to go deaf. She now advocates for other TB patients and survivors.
Nandita Venkatesan, a TB survivor, spoke at the U.N.'s first high-level meeting on tuberculosis. "It's humbling," she says. "Not long ago I was just a girl lying in bed with a hopeless future." Source: Selamawit Bekele/RESULTS

On Wednesday, as part of the United Nation's annual General Assembly in New York, world leaders are convening for the first ever high-level meeting dedicated to fighting tuberculosis, and Nandita Venkatesan got the chance to share her story as a survivor in the opening session.

"It's humbling," Venkatesan says of her inclusion in the program. "Not long ago I was just a girl lying in bed with a hopeless future. I never thought I'd get out of bed, let alone fly to New York."

Just a few days after her 24th birthday,

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