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Manute Bol hospitalized

Former Washington Bullets center Manute Bol was hospitalized in Northern Virginia with kidney failure and Stevens-Johnson Syndrome last week, according to a friend and associate.

Tom Prichard, who has worked with Bol on building a school in Sudan through the group Sudan Sunrise, said that Bol was returning from several months in Sudan, where his health had deteriorated. Prichard said Bol flew into Dulles and had to stay overnight near the airport before a flight back to his family in Kansas; after friends asked the hotel manager to check on Bol, he was rushed to a local hospital.

Prichard said that Bol has undergone three rounds of dialysis, and that the Stevens-Johnson Syndrome might necessitate a move to a burn unit.

"He's at great risk," Prichard said. "He's in a bad way."

Bol, 47, had been in Sudan to work on his school project, but was asked to stay through the elections this spring, Prichard said. The former center canceled a string of speaking engagements, including an appearance at a Wizards game, to help with the elections in his county, a key electoral region. While Bol was gone, his wife also gave birth to a daughter, whom he has yet to meet.

Prichard said Bol is on morphine and in terrible pain, but is able to talk with visitors and seems to be stabilizing.

"He's pleased that he accomplished what he was so determined to do in Sudan," Prichard said. "He was fighting with every bit of his strength to try to keep Southern Sudan on course towards a referendum in January of next year. ... It put him right on the edge of survival, and he made it."

Prichard encouraged well-wishers to post messages on the Manute Bol Get Well Soon Facebook page; friends will print out the messages there and bring them to the hospital.

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 18, 2010; 2:20 PM ET
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Terrible news. I met Manute on several occasions and he is a great guy. Get well Manute!

Posted by: Gambrills4 | May 18, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Whatever he may or may not have been as a basketball player, Manute Bol has turned out to be a pretty terrific human being. Let's hope it all works out for him.

Posted by: bethesdaguy | May 18, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for letting us know about this. Met Manute in Vegas and was definitely a lot friendlier than many other NBA players. My favorite Manute memory is when he nailed 6 three pointers in one HALF. He was just feelin it that night.

Posted by: Barno1 | May 18, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

I met him couple of times. He could not have been a nicer man. He actually is quite a joker.

Posted by: MDterpfan | May 18, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Get well, Manute

The Bullet Nation is praying for you....

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | May 18, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

We Kansans are praying for Manute’s full recovery. Our high school here in Kansas City has supported for the past two years the building of the Manute Bol School in his hometown of Turalei, Sudan. Bullets fans can find out more at I am sure the biggest encouragement to Manute would be to know that his school is being completed.

Posted by: ronscrogham | May 18, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

We are praying for you Manute!

Posted by: gbrown4 | May 18, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Never a Bullets/Wizards fan but Manute was a great person. I believe 60 minutes did a story on him years ago. Hope he pulls through.

Posted by: FusilliJerry1 | May 18, 2010 11:12 PM | Report abuse

get well! you may not be a champion basketball player but as a human being you are the mvp of giving to make life a little bit easier for other's. with that being said you will alway's be a champion to me.

Posted by: dakel76 | May 19, 2010 12:57 AM | Report abuse

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