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Cancer had spread, Dilip Kumar unresponsive in last days

Dilip Kumar had advanced prostate cancer that had spread in other organs of his body, doctors have said.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai |
Updated: July 8, 2021 1:16:38 am
dilip kumar deadDilip Kumar was 98. (Express archive photo by Prakash Yeram)

Doctors at Hinduja hospital in Khar, who were treating veteran actor Dilip Kumar, who passed away early Wednesday, said he was suffering from advanced prostate cancer that had spread to other organs.

Kumar was admitted to the hospital over 15 days ago. Doctors said he was under treatment for the last three to four months. “He had water in pleural cavity and suffered kidney failure. He required blood transfusion multiple times. We carried out the last transfusion but it did not help,” a doctor said.

The actor was bedridden for months and had become unresponsive in the last few days. “The fluids accumulated in the pleural cavity had to be removed several times,” the doctor said.

In the last few days, he suffered a drop in blood pressure and haemoglobin. “The cancer spread made it difficult to treat him,” the doctor said, adding that the actor’s blood group was the rare O negative, making it difficult to get donors.

Joy Chakraborty, COO of PD Hinduja hospital confirmed the actor’s death on Wednesday between 6.30-7 am.

Dr Joy Chakraborty, Chief Operating Officer of PD Hinduja hospital, said that Kumar breathed his last before 7 am.

Pulmonologist Dr Jalil Parkar, who treated Kumar for a long time in Lilavati hospital, said the actor was suffering from several age-related issues. Parkar, along with cardiologist Dr Nitin Gokhale, urologist Dr Anita Patel and surgeon Dr Jaideep Palep were part of the team treating Kumar. Gokhale was present when Kumar passed away.

“Sairaji (actor and Kumar’s wife Saira Bano) took immense care of him during his illness and in the last few years,” said Parkar, who had also treated Kumar’s younger brothers Ehsaan Khan and Aslam Khan, who died last year in Lilavati hospital. Ehsaan suffered from Covid-19.

Parkar said Saira Bano had a team of 10 people at home to help Kumar. A mini ICU had also been set up at home that included a monitor, a suction machine, oxygen cylinders, an oxygen concentrator, a BiPAP machine and a defibrillator to revive his heart in case of a failure. In the last three to four years, Kumar was being fed with Ryles Tube. He used to be brought to the hospital for blood transfusion, removal of fluids from chest and dialysis support.

Cardiologist Nitin Gokhale said a full-time doctor, R Sharma, looked after Kumar for the last 10 years.

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