TRAGEDY! Nigeria Football Legend, Nwankwo Kanu Reveals How His 21-Year Old Daughter Died On The Eve Of Christmas
Tragedy hits the family of former Super Eagles player, Kanu Nwankwo last year when he announced the death of one of the first beneficiaries of his heart foundation turned daughter, Enitan.
The former Nigerian international made the tragic announcement through his verified Twitter account on the eve of Christmas, Tuesday, December 24.
Kanu, who referred to the deceased as his “daughter,” was overtly left heartbroken by the sudden passing of the promising young girl. Kanu twitted: “Why why why one of Kanu heart foundation gone. My daughter is gone I can’t believe this R I P Eniton God knows all.”
A year after, there is a concrete reason for the shock passing away of the young girl
Kanu’s wife Amara Kanu on Instagram who lamented on the death of a young girl said the 21-year-old died of complications from malaria.
Enitan who was 2-year-old when she benefitted from the former Arsenal player’s foundation just completed her university education before moving to Nigeria.
Amara said she moved back to Lagos to work for the Kanuprior to her death.
“Enitan was just 2 years old when she had her open surgery done in London courtesy of the Kanu Heart Foundation,” Amara said on Instagram on Wednesday.
“She then became part of my family and 19 years later after completing her university studies, she came back to work with us in our Lagos office until she passed yesterday from some complications with malaria.”
Kanu started the Heart Foundation in 2000 after he survived a heart condition.
The foundation has “successfully helped 538 children” get open-heart surgeries in hospitals across the world and spent about $4.2 million.
MUST-READ! Nigeria Football Legend, Nwankwo Kanu Reveals His Struggles With An Heart Disease & How His Wife Saved His Life In The Middle Of The Night
Nigeria football legend Nwankwo Kanu has recalled the day his wife Amara saved his life in the middle of night
According to the wife of the former Arsenal star, after putting their three children to bed, the couple were enjoying the peace and quiet. They were about to go to sleep, but the former striker’s hammering heartbeat was keeping Amara awake.
She recalls: “His heartbeat sounded much louder than normal. I was listening to his chest and it sounded odd.”
More than a decade earlier, Kanu had needed life-saving open-heart surgery after being diagnosed with a heart valve defect.
Amara couldn’t shake the niggling feeling that was something wasn’t quite right and insisted her husband get it checked immediately.
Kanu says: “She was saying I should go for a check-up so I took her advice.”