The family of the renowned Nigerian actor, John Okafor, popularly known as Mr. Ibu, has revealed that he had to undergo the amputation of one of his legs in a desperate bid to save his life.
The actor’s health issues first came to the public’s attention back in October, when it was disclosed that he was facing a serious illness and required financial assistance for his treatment.
The situation has taken a dire turn, with a statement shared on Mr. Ibu’s Instagram page confirming that he has undergone seven surgeries, with one of them involving the amputation of his leg.
The official statement from the family expressed their gratitude to everyone who had extended support during this challenging time.
It read, “Good afternoon, Nigerians. We want to appreciate everyone who has come through for our dad; saying we are grateful is an understatement, and only the good Lord can thank you all enough for every help you’ve rendered.”
The statement continued, “As of 1 pm, noon today, Daddy has gone through 7 successful surgeries, but to keep him alive and increase his chances of recovery, one of his legs had to be amputated.”
This development has undoubtedly been a difficult and painful decision for the family, as they acknowledged, “This development has been hard on us all, but we’ve had to accept it as Daddy’s new reality to keep him alive.”
Despite the challenging circumstances, the Okafor family is still seeking support from well-meaning Nigerians. They emphasized, “Please, we are still soliciting support from well-meaning Nigerians as, at this stage, Daddy is still very delicate, and he needs all the help he can get.”
The family concluded by expressing their gratitude once again, stating, “Thank you, everyone, the Okafor family is grateful, and we don’t take you for granted. In due time, Daddy will personally acknowledge everyone who supported him during this period as soon as he’s stable.”
The news of Mr. Ibu’s leg amputation comes as a shock to his fans and well-wishers, and the entertainment industry is rallying behind the beloved actor during this challenging time.