According to the first responders and orthopedic surgeons, it is an absolute miracle that Obi survived. By the grace of God, and because of the excellent condition his body was in due to his devotion to health, exercise, and nutrition, Obi is still alive, but both his legs had to be amputated, from just above the knees down. One leg was severed upon impact, the other was shattered, rapidly losing blood, and had to be removed as well (in order to save his life).
The incredible Emergency crew and Surgeons were continually amazed by Obi's lucidity throughout the event, from 45 seconds after the moment of impact, through the two major surgeries, and through the odyssey within the hospital (which has felt like much longer than a few short weeks). Obi pulled from deep within his soul, to not only stay alive, opting for natural foods, breathing, and early exercise of his upper body, miraculously untouched (pelvis, spine, head, and all else - barely a scratch), but to rise emotionally and spiritually to be an inspiration to everyone within the hospital. Even through the surgeries, Obi managed to smile and share positivity with everyone with whom he came in contact.
As a side note, the hit-and-run driver was subsequently found by LAPD the following day, and arrested for DUI (of drugs and/or alcohol).
What we have witnessed is an Obi Ndefo who is determined to take this life-altering event and transform it into a pathway to full expression - as a human being, as a writer and actor, and as a yoga teacher.
The Surgeon team has identified Obi as an excellent candidate for a new mode of prosthetic legs, which will be integrative with Obi's (as you may know) active spirit and life as a performer, writer, and movement teacher.
We are pulling together to raise funds to not only keep Obi Ndefo fully alive and functioning, but to help him soar with his dreams of uplifting the planet through the arts and through health education.
If you are able, please donate to Obi's Go Fund Me to cover costs for 1) the new prosthetic legs, 2) surgery and hospital costs not covered by insurance, and 3) making his home wheelchair accessible. We are seeking $298,100 to support Obi's survival and urgent medical transition to this new chapter of his life.
Obi sends everyone his love from the depths of his heart, and is exceedingly positive and optimistic about his determination to allow his body and soul to be a vehicle for good on the planet.
Blessings to all,
- Susan Matranga (Obi Ndefo's mom)
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