The family of ailing Nollywood actor John Okafor, popularly known as sir ibuhave given an update on his health status.
On October 18, in a viral video, the comic actor went public with his ailment when he made an impassioned appeal and announced a fundraiser to offset his medical bills at a Lagos hospital.
He said he had been hospitalized for two weeks due to a “strange and dangerous illness.” The actor, who turned 62 in October, also said the doctor had hinted that his legs could be amputated.
In the video, Mr. Ibu, who was lying in the hospital bed in the company of his wife and daughter, said: “As I speak to you, I am still lying in the hospital; The medical director of this hospital said that the best solution is that in case his new idea does not work, the best idea is to cut off my leg.
Nollywood actor John Okafor popularly known as Mr Ibu
“Just look at me; if they cut off my leg, where do I go from here? Please pray for me, talk to Almighty God and I don’t want my legs to be cut off. Thank you very much. God bless you.”
Following his public outcry, the Bukola Saraki Foundation would later announce that they had compensated his hospital bills. The announcement caused a backlash because his fans stopped contributing to the lifeline, thinking that the Foundation had cleared all of its accounts.
Setting the record straight, the foundation said that after communicating with Mr. Ibu’s family, they covered his medical expenses at Living Heart Hospital until October 18.
In addition, the NGO said that the actor still needs a lot of financial help to stay in the current hospital where he is admitted.
They also said that Mr. Ibu still needs additional assistance for his trip abroad for further treatment.
On Tuesday, his family said Ibu had undergone five major surgeries and was recovering in hospital.
“So far, Dad has undergone five successful surgeries and is still recovering in the ICU. Dad is immensely grateful and we are grateful to the general public during this phase of our lives. We appreciate all donations made to this account, 1685687982, John I Okafor, Access Bank.”
“Thank you, and as soon as Dad gets better, he will personally acknowledge all donations! We still count on all of his prayers and unwavering support from him as we pray that he stabilizes quickly to allow us to take him abroad for more advanced treatment. The John Okafor family is grateful to all Nigerians,” the family concluded.
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The Enugu-born actor has appeared in over 200 Nollywood films.
They include Mr Ibu (2004), Mr Ibu and His Son, Coffin Producers, Husband Suppliers, International Players, Mr Ibu in London (2004), Police Recruit (2003), 9 Wives (2005), Ibu in Prison (2006) and Kezías (2007).