The family of John Okafor, also known as Mr. Ibu, the sickly actor, has denied rumors that his second leg was removed.
Ibu’s family reported on November 6 that the actor’s leg had been severed following seven surgeries.
Rumours circulated on Saturday that the actor’s condition had deteriorated and that he could scarcely speak.
There was also talk of his second leg being severed.
The actor’s family, however, denied the rumors in a message posted on his Instagram page.
According to the statement, additional amputation was performed on the same limb because the original treatment did not improve the actor’s condition.
It added that the cause of Ibu’s ailment was a “constant clotting of the blood” in his leg.
The actor’s family urged his industry colleagues and fans to stop circulating unconfirmed reports and pray for him.
“First we would like to state that our daddy wasn’t amputated on both legs but only one,” the statement reads.
“The first amputation didn’t completely correct his health predicament so the doctors had to amputate the same leg further to ensure we didn’t lose him.
“Daddy’s cause of sickness is also not diabetes but he’s had constant clotting of the blood in his leg (diseased blood vessels) and other health challenges, therefore the need for the amputation.
“Lastly, the only reason why the family has not flown him out of the country to date is because the doctors have tagged him not fit to fly.
“Daddy is currently admitted at one of the best hospitals in Nigeria and the hospital has availed him a pool of very astute professionals.”