Dad Omena is currently receiving round-the-clock care in a hospice as devastated pals launch a fundraising campaign
A DAD battling bowel cancer fears his five children will become orphans - after he tragically lost his wife to the same deadly illness just weeks ago.
Omena Ubiaro, 38, had been suffering from the disease for two years when wife Makeda was diagnosed with the condition last August.
Pals are now trying to raise money to help the family
She underwent emergency surgery but could not be saved and sadly died on July 29 aged just 38.
Devastated pals now fear the couple's five sons, aged between seven and 19, could be orphaned as Omena is receiving round-the-clock care from a hospice in Wolverhampton.
They have launched a fundraising campaign to support the family with more than £8,000 raised so far.
As part of the appeal, Omena said the death of his beloved wife and ongoing fight against cancer is the "toughest thing" he has ever dealt with.
In a heartbreaking video, the grieving dad thanks those who have supported his family as he lies in his bed hooked up to machines.
He says: "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 and Makeda met as teenagers while studying at St Francis Xavier College in Clapham, South London.
They married in 2004 and moved to Birmingham in 2009.
The couple renewed their wedding vows in 2014 when Omena was diagnosed with Stage 4 colorectal cancer.
Omena's best friend Femi Iloyi, 40, told Mirror Online: "He is so determined to stay alive for his children.
"This appeal is so important - if Omena dies that leaves their five children so we are trying to help the family."
To support the family visit www.gofundme.com/support-omena-ubiaro-and-family