Big B’s special B’day gift to 100 yrs old Alzheimer


Santacruz resident Bernadine D'souza turned 100 today and what’s more surprising about this old lively lady is that she remembers none of her family members name except megastar Amitabh Bachchan’s name. On her 100th birthday, she got the best birthday gift from none other than Big B, the only person she recognizes till now.

On her family members’ request, Amitabh Bachchan sent her a DVD recording his birthday message for Mrs. Bernadine D'souza. Last Saturday, when Bernadine D'souza’s door knocked, her sons and grandchildren jumped with joy to receive a DVD with a video message from Big B.

When the DVD was played, there was an indefinable happiness in Bernadine D'souza’s face and spark in her eyes. Mrs. D’Souza cried out, "That's Amitabh Bachchan, my son" on seeing the recording. 

In the video message Amitabh Bachchan said, "Hello Mrs Bernadine D'souza, I am Amitabh Bachchan. I have come here on a very special day to wish you a very happy birthday. You are going to be 100 years old. This is fantastic. I wish you all the good health, all the love and affection from me." 

Big B shared the incident with his fans on Twitter, Facebook and his blog. He also posted a reply from the family members of Bernadine.

He wrote:

A well wisher turns 100 years today 18th August .. but ... she suffers from Alzheimers, and the only name she remembers is mine ..her family wanted me to do a video wish for her .. I did .. it has been most satisfying to receive her response ... here it is :

"Subject: RE: My grandma turns 100

Words cannot express our gratitude to you mr bachchan
The smile on my grandmas face is truly a priceless one.
Your words brought magic to her eyes
Which no one of us could do, no matter our family ties.
Such is your impact on her life
We thank you as a family and wish you every success in whatever your strive.

Thank you once again. "

D'souza was born in Goa but has lived in Mumbai since she was five. Married at 18, she had fours sons and two daughters -only two of whom are alive today. She has six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren,  "When she watches televsion the only star she recognises is Amitabh Bachchan. In fact that's the only name she knows. She does not even remember our names," said her granddaughter, Valerie Pinto. Her family said that owing to her age, she refuses to eat often. 

"But each time she reufses to eat or gives up her food, we simply tell her that Amitabh Bachchan is coming to see her and that she must eat up. Then, she finishes her food quickly," Pinto added. In fact, Bachchan crops up in almost very aspect of D'souza's life. Even her own grandsons are AB to her, and each time a man walks into the house she asks if he is Amitabh.


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