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Had even forgotten his own name ‘Nattu Kaka’, son told how his father’s last year fighting cancer passed

‘Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah’ (Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah ChashmahThe show’s ‘Nattu Kaka’ will always be alive in the hearts of the people. It was a character that touched the hearts of everyone from children to the elderly. Its credit goes to actor Ghanshyam Nayak. Everyone loved the way Ghanshyam Nayak played the character of Nattu Kaka. But Ghanshyam Nayak died on 3 October. He was battling cancer for a long time. The past one year has been very difficult for Ghanshyam Nayak i.e. Nattu Kaka and his family.

Despite being suffering from cancer, ‘Nattu Kaka’ kept working and going on shoots. But how Ghanshyam Nayak suffered in the last one year and what happened, it was recently told by his son (Nattu Kaka son Vikas). In an interview to our colleague Times of India, Ghanshyam Nayak’s son Vikas told that his father had had 9 chemotherapy and 30 radiation sessions.

‘Nattu Kaka’ with son Vikas

Had 9 chemotherapy and 30 radiation sessions
Vikas said, ‘A year ago my father had cancer surgery. This was followed by radiation and then chemotherapy. His cancer was so rare that the treatment he was being given seemed like ‘trial and error’. He had 9 chemotherapy – 5 last year and 4 this year.

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cancer spread to the lungs

Vikas further said, ‘After this there were 30 radiation sessions. Everything seemed under control around September 2020. But in March 2021, papa’s face got swollen. We thought that it might have happened due to radiation, but the tests that were done showed that the cancer has spread to the lungs.

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insisted on working, shot for the show
Vikas told that in April this year, he got his father’s chemotherapy session done again. Chemotherapy went on till June, but this time to no avail. The swelling also did not subside. Vikas said, ‘But father kept insisting on going to work. So then he also did a little shooting of ‘Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah’. He also shot an ad.

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Cancer spread to other parts of the body when detected
But the ground slipped under the feet of the family when it was found that the cancer had spread to other parts of the body besides the lungs. Vikas said, ‘We got another test done again at that time. It was found that the cancer had spread to other parts besides the lungs. We immediately stopped chemotherapy and got treatment for homeopathy and ayurveda. But the situation kept getting worse. In the last few days, my father started having trouble breathing. Then we tried to arrange nurses and oxygen at home itself. But his condition worsened. Then we took him to the hospital and ran. He was immediately admitted to the ICU. After that he brought them back to the room. But the health deteriorated again and had to be admitted to the ICU again.
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Had even forgotten his own name ‘Nattu Kaka’, had asked – who am I?
Vikas further told that 15 days before his death, his father’s sugar level suddenly increased very much and he was not recognizing anyone. Vikas said, ‘When the sugar level was low, he started recognizing everyone. But on 2nd October Papa asked me who am I? Papa had forgotten his own name. Then I realized that now Papa is going to another world. Papa’s last wish was that when he died, he should die wearing makeup. So on his death, I called the makeup artist and got the makeup done. To tell the truth, when his pulse stopped, there was a lot of calmness on his face.


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