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Dikembe Mutombo pays for Congo boy’s tumor treatment in LA

NBA Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo flies a boy from Africa to LA so he can be treated by American doctors after he was shunned by his community for having a large tumor on his face

  • Retired 7ft 2 centre, Dikembe Mutombo, 52, has set up a hospital in the Congo 
  •  One of the patients, eight-year-old Matadi, was being bullied and ostracized
  • Mutombo decided to pay for him to be treated in the US to have best care
  •  Mutombo met the boy at LAX on Wednesday and welcomed him with a hug

Basketball legend Dikembe Mutombo has flown a boy from Africa to Los Angeles to have his face tumor treated after he was shunned by his community.

The retired 7ft 2 centre, 52, has set up a hospital in the Congo where he hails from a devout Christian community.

One of the patients, eight-year-old Matadi, was being bullied and ostracized so Mutombo decided to pay for him to be treated in the US where he says care is ‘a thousand’ times better.

Basketball legend Dikembe Mutombo (left) has flown a boy (centre with his doctor) from Africa to Los Angeles to have his face tumor treated after he was shunned by his community

One of the patients, eight-year-old Matadi, was being bullied and ostracized so Mutombo decided to pay for him to be treated in the US where he says care is ‘a thousand’ times better.

Mutombo met the boy and his minder at LAX on Wednesday and welcomed him with a hug.

He told TMZ: ‘I was touched by what he’s going through as a young boy who’s eight years old. Not going to school.’ 

‘The way he’s been pushed away by the society. His mom has to keep him in the bedroom every day because people are talking bad about him.’


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The boy will be treated by Dr Osborne in Beverly Hills and then Mutombo will fly him back to the Congo

Matadi will be treated by Dr Osborne in Beverly Hills and then Mutombo will fly him back to the Congo.

Mutombo, a shot-blocking Congolese centre whose legendary finger-wagging motion became one of the most recognized gestures in the game, was a four-times NBA Defensive Player of the Year and led the league in blocked shots for five straight seasons.

Mutombo played in the NBA from 1991 until 2009, recording 11,729 points, 12,359 rebounds, and 3,289 blocks during 18 seasons spent mostly with Denver, Atlanta and Houston. 

Mutombo played in the NBA from 1991 until 2009, recording 11,729 points, 12,359 rebounds, and 3,289 blocks during 18 seasons spent mostly with Denver, Atlanta and Houston

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