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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Bol ill with skin, kidney problems

WASHINGTON (AP) Former NBA center Manute Bol was hospitalized with severe kidney trouble and a painful skin condition after falling critically ill while returning home from helping fight election corruption in his native Sudan.

"I believe he is going to survive this, but he's had a total kidney failure," Tom Prichard, director of Sudan Sunrise, a group that promotes reconciliation in Sudan, said Tuesday. "If he'd stayed two more days in Sudan, I don't think he'd be alive right now."

Prichard says the 229-cm Bol was returning to the United States last week and was hospitalized during a stopover at Dulles International Airport. He said Bol has undergone three dialysis treatments and has developed Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, a condition that has caused him to lose patches of skin.

The skin around Bol's mouth was so sore that he went 11 days without eating and could barely talk. Bol, 47, is on morphine and will probably be moved to a burn unit, according to Prichard.

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