I am lucky to have survived multi-drug resistant TB

Catherine Nduta with her father (left) and brother during her graduation ceremony in 2015. PHOTO | COURTESY

What you need to know:

  • MDR-TB is highly infectious. The strain resists the normal six-month TB treatment and can take up to two years for an infected person to complete treatment.
  • It can either be contracted directly from an infected person or is the result of the progression of active tuberculosis; Catherine contracted it directly.
  • Four months into treatment, she had no idea she was suffering from a rigid strain of TB after it was confirmed to her yet again that she still was sick despite a rigorous treatment.

Catherine Nduta smiles radiantly, her face glowing, the picture of perfect health, an image that speaks nothing of the pain and suffering she endured after contracting multidrug-resistant (MDR) TB early in 2012.


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