“All the hospitals in India and America rejected Mr Ibu and said whoever has this kind of prognosis cannot survive” – Emeka Rollas speaks

The National President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Emeka Rollas has explained why late comic actor, John Okafor, popularly known as Mr. Ibu, wasn’t flown abroad to receive medical care while battling with his ailment.


In a recent interview, Emeka said late Mr Ibu was rejected by hospitals in the United States and India because his prognosis would make it impossible for him to board a flight.


Ibu had asked the public for financial assistance while the ailment got serious. According to his family, he underwent seven surgeries but to keep him alive, one of his legs was amputated. The family in a statement released at the time, said there were plans to fly him abroad for better treatment, however the actor never travelled.



Explaining why Ibu couldt’t travel, Rollas said;


“There was a time we wanted to fly Ibu abroad, but when we escalated the doctor’s reference and his prognosis, almost all the hospitals in India and America rejected him and said whoever that has this kind of prognosis cannot survive flight to any country.”


 Okafor passed away on March 2. He was 62 years old.

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