The survival story of Okeoghene John Igwhiwotho

This story is one of the most touching stories I’ve come across in a while. This is the story of Okeoghene John Igwhiwotho, an ex-student of Federal Government College, who was diagnosed with diabetis mellitus type 1 and 2 and has been bedridden for the past six years, after losing all his toes on both feet, due to injuries he sustained many years ago. Sadly, this prevented him from completing his university education (he dropped out from OAU). With the help of his friends, family and bloggers such as Linda Ikeja, Oke has been able to raise the funds for the surgery needed to save his feet and his life. Watch the documentary to see how Oke was given a second chance.

Linda Ikeji


Oke is currently in India to undergo surgery and the treatment/consultation he needs to be well again. After Linda Ikeji posted his story on her blog, Nigerians shared the story on Twitter, Facebook, blogs and this finally got the attention of kind-hearted souls, who made donations and eventually the governor of Delta state, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, who sponsored Oke’s trip to India. Linda Ikeji expressed earlier today, how proud she was about making a difference in Oke’s life. She explained that she received ‘quite a number of phone calls, e-mails and text messages from one of the governor’s SAs.’

We hope and pray that the surgery goes well and we wish him speedy recovery. We hope to bring you pictures of him after surgery and hopefully, an interview when he gets back to Nigeria from India. Here are a few pictures of Oke’s legs before he left for India. (Very graphic images, viewers discretion is advised).



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