Veteran Nigerian actor, John Okafor, affectionately known as Mr. Ibu, recently underwent amputation of one of his legs due to a persistent illness.
His daughter shared this news on his verified Instagram profile, revealing that Mr. Ibu had endured seven surgeries to save his life. The decision to amputate was a difficult one for the family, as they had initially sought to avoid it.
The post read,
“Good afternoon, Nigerians, we want to appreciate everyone that 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. 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 been hard on us all but we’ve had to accept it as Daddy’s new reality to keep him alive.”
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Expressing their gratitude for the support received, the family acknowledged that the situation had been challenging, but they had accepted it as a new reality to ensure his survival.
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They also extended their appreciation to Nigerians for their assistance and called on well-meaning individuals to provide further support. This revelation followed the family’s disclosure that Mr. Ibu had been intermittently battling an illness related to his affected foot.
As of October 31, 2023, he had undergone five surgeries and was recovering in the intensive care unit. On his 62nd birthday, he was in a hospital room due to the severity of his ailment, though the full extent was undisclosed at the time. Mr. Ibu’s fans and well-wishers have continued to send their prayers and best wishes to him and his family during this challenging period.
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