Congolese boy dies in US after surgery for facial tumour

2018-12-23 12:28


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A Congolese boy who travelled to Los Angeles to undergo surgery to remove a large tumour on his face has died after having an adverse reaction to anesthesia.

The Dikembe Mutombo Foundation, which sponsored 8-year-old Matadi Sela Petit's travels and medical procedures, announced his death on Saturday.

The foundation headed by the former NBA star said that during the delicate surgery on December 16, the boy suffered a rare genetic reaction to anesthesia. He did not recover and died Friday night.

Matadi was born with a cleft lip and a tumour on one side of his cheeks that grew into the size of a balloon. The foundation said it hoped the surgery would give Matadi the opportunity to have a different life and was "devastated" by his death.

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