The family of veteran Nollywood actor, John Okafor, fondly called Mr Ibu, has disclosed that one of his legs has been amputated by the doctors to keep him alive.
The family had, in October 2023, announced that Mr Ibu was ill and required financial assistance for his treatment.
However, the family, in a statement shared on Mr Ibu’s Instagram account on Monday, November 6, said the popular actor had undergone seven surgeries, including the amputation of one leg by the doctors to keep him alive and increase his chances of recovery.
The actor’s family stated: “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.
“As of 1 pm 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 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.”