A heartbreaking video has emerged of a father-of-five who died of bowel cancer the day before the funeral of his wife.
Omena Ubiaro, 38, bravely fought cancer for three years before he died this past Monday (September 4) in a hospice in Wolverhampton, U.K.
Omena died grieving for his wife Makeda Ubiaro, who died aged 38 on July 29. She also had bowel cancer.
What makes this terrible situation even more tragic is they leave behind five children, aged seven to 19.
In an emotional video filmed on August 16, a bed-bound Mr Ubiaro said: ‘Thank you so much to everyone that’s been supporting myself and my family.
‘Myself and my five boys, we’ve just lost my wife, they’ve lost a mother, and they’ve also lost their best friend as well.’
He went on to thank people for their prayers, thoughts, gifts, and for trying to keep his spirits up.
He added: ‘I know at times people say ‘Be strong, be strong, be strong,’ but sometimes guys, it’s tough.’
‘Where do I find that strength from? I cannot lie. It has been the most toughest thing that a husband and a father has ever had to face.’
The courageous father ended the video with a pledge to beat the illness.
A gofundme page has raised almost reached it’s target of £60,000.
Family friend, Charles Busari, posted on the page yesterday aftenoon: ‘It breaks my heart to report that sadly our dear brother Omena has lost his fight to cancer at the early hours of Monday 4 September 2017.
‘I would like to offer a heartfelt ‘THANK YOU’ to everyone who have contributed so far financially, with prayers and with words of encouragement.
‘Unfortunately our worst fears have been confirmed and we now need your donations now more than ever to support the children. No amount is too small as a little streams make mighty Oceans.’
Tributes have been paid online for the loving parents who leave behind five boys.
The couple met as teenagers at college in Clapham, South London, before marrying in 2004 and moving to Birmingham in 2009.
Family friend Abi Babalola said: ‘May God comfort your children. May they be pleased in the fact that they had amazing parents even for such a short time. May they be comforted and honour your legacy as the years progress.’
Another Linda Okeke added: ‘Omena, we bonded over diet and fitness. You fought so very hard. No more pain. May you and your dear wife Makeda rest in perfect peace.’
Femi Iloyi, 40, said his best friend Mr Ubiaro had been ‘determined’ to be there for his children.
Mr Iloyi told Mirror Online shortly before his death: ‘Omena is a big, muscly guy but right now he is about 8st. He is so determined to stay alive for his children.
‘Omena is such a humble guy, since he was diagnosed he just pulled his socks up and carried on.’
‘I’m not he has fully processed his wife’s death he is just focusing on being there for his children.’