Meet the nurse who took care of actor Sathyan in his last days
Thiruvananthapuram: There was a Keralite nurse who took care of legendary actor Sathyan while on treatment for blood cancer at Chennai KJ Hospital. Now 76-year-old K Ammini Amma, whom Sathyan considered as his daughter, recollects the memories of how she took care of him, his demise, public homage at VJT hall and the final procession to Palayam church.
Kazhakkoottam native Ammini Amma retired from Kerala Service as nursing superintendent. It was she who took care of the actor during his last days. Sathyan used to come to the hospital thrice a week for blood transfusion. Ammini Amma got the chance to take care of him as she was a Keralite.
Sathyan considered the nurse as his daughter and allowed her to accompany him to his residence in Ashok Nagar and to shooting locations. They watched his movie 'Yakshi' together at New Elephants Store theatre in Chennai. He also let her visit the shooting site of the movie 'Cross Belt'.
In 1971, Ammini Amma got married. Then Sathyan told her that he cannot come to her wedding and gifted Rs 500 to buy gold. At that time, the price of gold was Rs 180 per sovereign. After marriage, Ammini Amma returned to Thiruvananthapuram.
Daughter of Kollam Mukhathala native Vaikom Parameswaran Pillai and Kunjiyamma, Ammini Amma passed nursing from Holy Cross hospital in Kottiyam. In 1976, she joined Kerala government service as nurse. Later, she obtained the state award and gold medal for the best health worker and Thrissur district award while working in Chalakudy.
Ammini Amma has also served as chief editor of the magazine 'Ammayum Kunjum'. Late V N Krishna Pillai who was working in VSSC was her husband. She has two children Aji K Pillai and Aju K Pillai.