Ever since Oscar Nero showed up at Josslyn’s party in June of 2017 on GENERAL HOSPITAL, fans have been intrigued by the teen. And not just because Garren Stitt replaced the original Oscar, Rio Mangini, after just two episodes. (Mangini got another role on another series, necessitating the sudden recast.) The young man's origins were originally shrouded in mystery, but both before and after the truth came out, fans remained enamored of the character. Which is why they were all devastated when Oscar was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor!
Because Oscar was first seen at the party Josslyn Jacks threw while her mom was out of town, Carly was naturally not enthusiastic about her daughter dating the boy. But after attempts to keep them apart failed, Carly decided to let them go ahead and date, while keeping a close eye on them.
Once Oscar's mother, Kim Nero, was introduced, she attempted to keep a lid on the identity of Oscar's father, but that didn't quite work out, and Oscar soon started to suspect Drew Cain might be his dad. With Josslyn's help, they swiped a mug Drew had recently used and ran a DNA test. When they got the results, Oscar decided he didn't want to know, but then Kim decided to come clean and told him that Drew was his father.
The DNA test proved Kim’s revelation, and Oscar attempted to get to know his dad. It was a little awkward at first, but the father and son soon found common ground and began to bond. He also turned to Drew for help learning self-defense moves when one of his friends was being bullied at school.
Because their school required all students to dress according to their gender, Oscar and Joss decided to hold an alternative dance on the same night, but unfortunately their party was ruined when there was an earthquake and Oscar and Josslyn were trapped in a freezer and nearly died. They were rescued, and everything was going fine until Cameron Webber resurfaced and it looks as though he might still have a crush on Joss. But even more distressing was the seizure that Oscar suffered while at the Corinthos Compound!
When Oscar was brought into GH, Kim immediately called for Dr. Terry Randolph, who is a pediatric oncologist. She revealed that her son had suffered these kinds of episodes for a while as a child, but thought it was over. Then Kim finally confessed to Drew that their son has an inoperable brain tumor, and she's never told him that he doesn't have long to live! Kim hoped to spare her child the pain, but Oscar eventually found out the truth from Cameron and confronted his parents. Although they want to continue trying experimental treatments, Oscar is convinced he's just going to die anyway, and has decided to break up with Josslyn but wouldn't tell her exactly why.
To avoid being forced to undergo the drug trials that could save his life, Oscar has hired Alexis to be his attorney and help him become emancipated. But Cameron finally came clean with Josslyn about the real reason why her boyfriend broke up with her, and she confronted Oscar about keeping the truth from her which inspired the teen to give in and seek treatment. Unfortunately, after undergoing the experimental treatment, Terry had to sadly report that it hadn't worked.
Although further tests showed that Oscar's tumor hadn't grown any further, the teen still created a bucket list of things he wanted to do before he died, and Josslyn was eager to help him do as many of them as possible. But their trip into the Port Charles catacombs put more lives than just their own in danger, and their road trip to see Niagara Falls ended with Oscar in the hospital again after he suffered another seizure. And once back in Port Charles, Terry gave the family the sad news that tests indicated that Oscar's tumor was growing again and he only had a month to six weeks left to live.
Stay tuned to see if there might still be a miracle for Oscar, and for more GH news, keep reading the ABC edition of Soaps In Depth magazine!