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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, May 18, 2010

NBA: Ex-player Bol ill with skin, kidney problems

Associated Press

WASHINGTON Former NBA player Manute Bol is hospitalized in the Washington, D.C., area with severe kidney trouble and a painful skin condition.

Sudan Sunrise director Tom Prichard says the 7-foot-6 Bol is in "critical care." He says Bol "had a total kidney failure" and has developed Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, which has caused Bol to lose patches of skin.

Bol was returning to the United States last week from his native Sudan after helping fight corrupt practices in the country's recent elections. He was hospitalized during a stopover in Washington.

Prichard says he thinks Bol is "going to pull through" but may have to be moved to a burn unit.

The 47-year-old Bol played 10 seasons in the NBA.

His illness was first reported on The Washington Post website.