Bay teen beats huge odds

A NELSON Mandela Bay teenager who not so long ago was "wasting away" in front of his physician's eyes has made a miraculous recovery after being cured of extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB).

It has been a year-long fight for the 13-year-old boy from KwaNobuhle – who had to take nearly two dozen pills a day – and his medical team headed by physician Dr Lenny Naidoo, chief medical officer at the Orsmond TB Hospital near Uitenhage.

Naidoo said there was no paediatric formulation available for the medication dosage for children.

"We just break the pills in half," he said.

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