Heartbreaking ‘final words’ of dad who died from bowel cancer day before wife’s funeral leaving five sons orphaned

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Omena Ubiaro, 38, made a tear-jerking final video from his hospice before his death in the early hours of this morning – his beloved wife’s funeral is due to take place tomorrow.

A devoted dad who died from bowel cancer just a day before his wife’s funeral – leaving their five sons orphaned – made a heartbreaking final video.

The emotional footage was captured inside Omena Ubiaro’s hospice in Wolverhampton, where he received round-the-clock care in the final weeks of his life.

Hooked up to machines and looking gaunt, the 38-year-old was filmed speaking about the devastating impact of his partner’s death on himself and their sons.

“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,” he said, lying in his hospice bed.

He added: “It’s been difficult for the boys, it’s been difficult for myself.

Omena Ubiaro lies in his hospice bed in his heartbreaking final video
Omena Ubiaro lies in his hospice bed in his heartbreaking final video(Image: gofundme.com)
The 38-year-old died from bowel cancer just weeks after his wife, Makeda, passed away from the same condition
The 38-year-old died from bowel cancer just weeks after his wife, Makeda, passed away from the same condition(Image: gofundme.com)
His death means the couple's five young sons - four pictured here - have become orphans
His death means the couple’s five young sons – four pictured here – have become orphans(Image: Ubiaro Family)

“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 also thanked kind-hearted members of the public for their support, with thousands of pounds having been raised on a GoFundMe page to support his family.

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“Thank you sooo much to everybody, thank you so much for the prayers, your thoughts, even the times that you tried to make me laugh, the gifts,” he said.

“Thank you so much. And do you know what? I want to say thank you for the financial donations on the GoFundMe account as well. Words can’t explain… everything.”

The moving footage was filmed on August 16 – less than three weeks before Omena died.

The father had battled Stage 4 bowel cancer for three years before he passed away in the early hours of this morning. His wife, Makeda, had died from the same condition in late July.

Omena was filmed looking severely gaunt and underweight in the moving video, which was part of a GoFundMe appeal
Omena was filmed looking severely gaunt and underweight in the moving video, which was part of a GoFundMe appeal(Image: gofundme.com)
Friends of Omena and Makeda launched the fundraising page to support the family's five children
Friends of Omena and Makeda launched the fundraising page to support the family’s five children(Image: Ubiaro Family)

 

The couple’s five sons have now been orphaned. Friends close to the family say they are too devastated to speak, but tributes have emerged online.

Taking to Facebook today, one pal described Omena’s death as a “tragedy of tragedies.”

Last month, Mirror Online reported the family’s heartbreaking plight as the dad fought for his life while grieving for his beloved wife.

Omena had been battling 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. She passed away on July 29.

Omena's wife Makeda was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer last August. She tragically died on July 29
Omena’s wife Makeda was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer last August. She tragically died on July 29(Image: Ubiaro Family)
Omena's best friend previously told Mirror Online how his pal was "determined" to be there for his children
Omena’s best friend previously told Mirror Online how his pal was “determined” to be there for his children(Image: Ubiaro Family)

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.

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Almost £30,000 has been raised through donations and the appeal remains open.

Omena’s best friend Femi Iloyi, 40, previously told Mirror Online how his pal was “determined” to be there for his children.

He said his friend’s weight plummeted to just 8st and revealed he was unable to fully grieve his wife’s death as he focussed on staying alive for his family.

Femi told us: “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.

Omena said dealing with his wife's death while battling cancer was the "toughest thing" he had had to do
Omena said dealing with his wife’s death while battling cancer was the “toughest thing” he had had to do(Image: Ubiaro Family)

“I’m not he has fully processed his wife’s death he is just focussing on being there for his children.

“This appeal is so important – if Omena dies that leaves their five children so we are trying to help the family.”

Omena and Makeda met when they were teenagers at St Francis Xavier College in Clapham, South London. They married in 2004 and moved to Birmingham in 2009.

In 2014, the couple decided to renew their wedding vows when Omena was diagnosed with Stage 4 colorectal cancer.

Omena openly discussed his battle with bowel cancer through a series of YouTube videos in which he said he believed his faith would help him overcome the disease.

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Omena and Makeda renewed their wedding vows in 2014 when he was diagnosed with cancer(Image: Ubiaro Family)
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The couple moved to Birmingham where they raised a family(Image: gofundme.com)
The brave dad had charted his cancer battle in a series of YouTube videos
The brave dad had charted his cancer battle in a series of YouTube videos(Image: Ubiaro Family)

In one clip, uploaded in August 2015, he told how he underwent experimental treatment in Mexico as he likened traditional cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy to being like a ‘boxer with one arm’.

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But while he charted his fight against cancer, friends said Makeda kept her battle private.

Close friend Eudora Benn-Short, who described the mum of five as a “sister”, paid tribute to her “warm and caring” pal.

She said: “Makeda was an angel in her own right. She was warm, caring, honest and would be there for everybody.”

“I used to tell her there was no-one else like her.

“She gave so much to everyone. What hurts the most is that she has left behind five boys.”

Makeda’s funeral is due to take place tomorrow.

Source: mirror.co.uk