African boy brought to US by Dikembe Mutombo passes away after surgery

African boy brought to US by Dikembe Mutombo passes away after surgery
The boy arrived in Los Angeles on Dec. 12 from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. (Source: CNN)

(CNN) - An 8-year-old boy who came to the United States to have a massive tumor removed from his face has died.

The Dikembe Mutombo Foundation announced that Matadi Sela Petit died Friday night due to a rare genetic reaction to anesthesia.

The boy arrived in Los Angeles on Dec. 12 from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

During surgery to remove the tumor, the boy suffered a reaction to the anesthesia and never recovered.

The foundation, created by and named for basketball great Dikembe Mutombo, had sponsored the child with others.

In a statement, the foundation said it is devastated by Petit’s passing.

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