Nigerian movie industry woke to awful news as one of veteran actors, John Okafor, popularly known as Mr Ibu, had one of his legs amputated.
According to statement shared on Nollywood actor’s page on Monday stated that, the actor was said to have underwent seven successful surgeries but one of his legs had to be amputated to keep him alive and aid his recovery process.
The family did not reveal the cause of Mr Ibu’s amputated leg in the statement, but they extended their gratitude to everyone who supported him throughout his difficult time.
The statement reads below:
“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.
“Please we are still soliciting for support from well meaning Nigerians as this stage Daddy his is still one very delicate one and he needs all the help he can get.
“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 during this period as soon as he’s stable!”
Mr Ibu’s sickness was made public after he was seen in a hospital bed in Lagos.
In a video, he begged for help and attached his bank account information, asking fans and loved ones to donate to his medical expenses.
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Many people were moved by his situation and contributed significantly to his leg surgery, until it was revealed that one of his legs had been amputated following the surgeries.