"All the time my children were with me, giving me their best care that they could give. As for my relatives…., this period for me was a kind of test to understand who is who. From the time they heard about my TB their relationship with me and with my family changed rapidly. They preferred to avoid any contact with me. They were even telling my wife to send me to live in far prairies in order not to infect the people around me. They were sure that I would die soon. But now they are shy. Really, very shy."
Mukhtar writes about the role his wife and children have played in supporting him though his treatment for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis. Mukhtar is being treated for MDR-TB by MSF in Kyrgyzstan.