Nigerian actor and comedian Mr Ibu who was hospitalized a few weeks ago has had his leg amputated. Amputation is the loss or removal of a body part.
A statement from the actor's family says that his leg was amputated to save his life.
"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," read part of the statement
The statement went on to further reveal that the actor had undergone seven 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."
The family went on to continue to appeal for help.
“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."
“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.”
In mid-October, the actor shared a video appealing for help.
“Dear Good people of Nigerian, we are counting on your support at this point we need it the most Access Bank 1685687982 John Ikechukwu Okafor”
“ As I speak to you, I am still lying down in the hospital; the medical director of this hospital said that the best solution is, in case his new idea didn’t work, the best idea is to cut off my leg."
He further added that he did not want to lose his leg.
“Just see me, if they cut off my leg, where do I go from here? Please pray for me, talk to God Almighty, and I don’t want my legs to be cut off. Thank you so much. God bless you.”
The actor's daughter also asked Nigerians to help her dad so as to receive treatment abroad.
“As a family, we want to appeal that at this point, people should come to Daddy’s aid and rescue; for the past two weeks, Daddy has been very down, so we took him to the hospital. I have been sorting the bills, thinking I can do it alone. We have been doing everything humanly possible; as a family, we felt it was something we could do on our own for him to be fine, but he is not getting any better."
“He is not getting better; some days, it seems as if he is getting better; some days, it seems like it is getting worse. We are at one of the best private medical facilities in Lagos, and they want to refer us to another hospital because he is not getting better here.”