Pat bond was a nurse before she contracted occupational multi drug resistant (MDR) TB. After her diagnosis, she not only lost her health, but also the job she loved so much. Grounded in her resolve to survive, she fought through two years of incredibly invasive treatment, including having part of her lung removed, giving self injections, and taking over 30 pills a day. And though she survived, her survival did not allow her to return to her past life - it did, however, galvanize her determination to educate and prevent this from happening in others. She now volunteers with the non-profit TB PROOF to educate and train medical students and healthcare workers in occupational safety. Find our more about TB PROOF's incredible mission at tbproof.org. Pat is an inspiration to many, and we were lucky to have the opportunity to interview her. This project was made possible by Treatment Action Group (TAG) - find out more at treatmentactiongroup.org.
Even with treatment, last year the average cure rate those affected by MDR-TB in South Africa was only 43%. Healthcare workers are one of the highest risk groups for TB, MDR-TB, and XDR-TB.
Filmed, edited, directed, color, and audio by Jonathan Smith
Big thanks to Kendy Ty for additional footage
Music by Hammock - "Gold Star Mothers"
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