Matadi Sela Petit llegó desde la República Democrática del Congo a EEUU para mejorar su vida. El pequeño de 8 años tenía un gigantesco tumor en el lado izquierdo de la cara y en Norteamérica le sería extirpado.
La ex estrella de la NBA Dikembe Mutombo fue el encargado de llevar al menor al país del Norte por medio de su fundación y todos esperaban que tras la operación comenzara a vivir de forma “nueva y diferente”.
Todo había funcionado como correspondía, sin embargo una “reacción genética rara e impredecible” a la anestesia terminó con la vida del niño cuando estaba en la sala de operación, indica The Washington Post.
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Please keep little Matadi in your thoughts and prayers. He will undergo surgery on Sunday and we are hopeful for his full and complete recovery so that he can return home to his family. We are also praying for the surgical team at Osborne Head and Neck Institute as they prepare for Matadi's surgery. @atlhawks @nbatv @houstonrockets @nbacanada @nba_africa @dikembe_mutombo_foundation_ @georgetownhoops @dofficialmutombo @nbacares @nba #themutombofamily #thesonofcongo🇨🇩drc
En su cuenta de Instagram Mutombo dio a conocer la trágica noticia señalando que estaban “devastados” por la pérdida.
“Nuestro corazón está con su padre, su madre y el resto de su familia, y todos sus viejos y nuevos amigos”, escribió.
Matadi se había ganado el corazón de todos en el hospital Cedars Sinai por su actitud “abierta y amistosa” y según el ex jugador el pequeño fue “un pionero y su memoria nos inspirará a continuar desarrollando esfuerzos y asociaciones para mejorar las vidas de los niños de la República Democrática del Congo”.
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MATADI SELA PETIT The Dikembe Mutombo Foundation is sad to share the news of the passing of Matadi Sela Petit. Matadi was an 8 year old little boy with a vibrant and appealing personality. He was born in Kinshasa, DRC with a cleft lip and a facial tumor that enlarged as he grew. Matadi was sponsored by the DMF and several partners to receive surgical treatment for his tumor by Dr. Ryan Osborne, founder and Director of Head and Neck Surgery at the Osborne Head and Neck Institute in Los Angeles, CA. Matadi and his father were welcomed with open arms by Dr. Osborne, his team and the Cedars Sinai Hospital family as well as the Ronald McDonald House where he won everyone’s heart with his open and friendly attitude. During the delicate surgery, Matadi suffered a rare and unpredictable genetic reaction to anesthesia. Despite the diligent efforts of his medical caregivers, Matadi did not recover and he passed away last night. We are devastated by the loss of Matadi and our heart goes out to his father, his mother and the rest of his family, and all his old and new friends. We are comforted by the knowledge that a whole “village” adopted Matadi and joined forces to offer him treatment that was not available in the DRC and which would have given him the opportunity to have a new and different life. We thank Dr. Ryan Osborne and his team, the Cedars-Sinai Hospital medical team, the Ronald McDonald House, the Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital, the American Embassy in Kinshasa and all those who in large and small ways embraced Matadi and his family. He was a pioneer, and his memory will inspire us to continue to develop efforts and partnerships to improve the lives of the children of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.