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Will the 5 Nigerian boys orphaned in UK by parents’ cancer death get real help?

Ubiaros, celebrating life, but bowed out by bowel cancer

Omena Ubiaro died Monday September 4 just the day before his wife’s funeral as an appeal to support his five children rose above £20,000. Unfortunately, the five children are orphans now that their dad also died from the same bowel cancer illness that killed their mom just weeks before him.

Ubiaro, 38, had battled Stage 4 bowel cancer for three years before he passed away at a hospice in Wolverhampton in the early hours of Monday. He died just the day before his wife’s funeral after she died from bowel cancer on July 29.

Tributes have emerged online. One person, who posted a tribute on Facebook, described Omena’s death as a “tragedy of tragedies.”

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Last month, Mirror Online reported the family’s heartbreaking plight as Ubiaro fought for his life while grieving for his wife Makeda. Omena had been battling Stage 4 bowel cancer for two years when Makeda was tragically diagnosed with the same disease last August.

Makeda, who was also 38, underwent emergency surgery but could not be saved by doctors and died on July 29.

Friends launched a fundraising page after her death to support the family’s five sons, aged from seven to 19, with fears growing over Omena’s deteriorating health.

In a heart-rending video, uploaded as part of the appeal, Omena said the death of his wife and ongoing fight against cancer was the “toughest thing” he has ever dealt with.

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The emotional footage was filmed from his hospice in Wolverhampton, where Omena received round-the-clock care in the final weeks of his life.

Appearing gaunt and captured hooked up to machines from his bed, Omena said: “I just want to say thank you so much to everybody that has been supporting myself and my family. Recently, myself and my five boys we’ve just lost my wife, they’ve lost a mother and I’ve also lost a best friend as well.

“It’s been difficult for the boys, it’s been difficult for myself. I cannot lie it has been the most toughest thing that a husband and a father’s ever had to face or deal with but it’s only been easier with support and help from friends.”

Omena’s best friend Femi Iloyi, 40, told Mirror Online how Omena was “determined” to be there for his children before he lost his battle. (MIRROR).

LAST WORD: The GoFundMe drive is really for the five young orphans left behind by this cancer calamity. Being boys, they need very good foster parents. Unfortunately, the State is not likely to have them all under one roof for social care.

It is also unlikely that any one relative of late Omena and Makeda Ubiaro would be willing or positioned to take on the responsibilities of all five children. And unless the five of them grow up together, they would obviously grow apart in values and ideologies.

One can only hope, for the sake of the children, that both Omena and Makeda, took out death insurance covers that cover their funerals, which by UK standards are always astronomically expensive.

Then the big question is: Who takes custody of the money raised for them, if the Ubiaro Five are to really benefit from it all? (KH)

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