Stevens Johnson Syndrome
June 20, 2010 by USA Post
Stevens Johnson Syndrome — Manute Bol, one of the greatest players of professional basketball to ever grace the courts, died today of complications of Stevens-Johnson syndrome, according to the Huffington Post. He was only 47 years.
Stevens-Johnson syndrome is a rare disease that targets the skin and mucous membranes, causing them to become very inflamed and painful. It usually begins with flu-like symptoms, followed by painful blisters and a reddish purple rash that extends until the top layer of skin dies and falls. It is usually caused by an allergic reaction to certain drugs or other infections such as influenza, diphtheria, typhoid and hepatitis.
Bol became ill with the disease in May, after going to his home country of Sudan to help fight against corruption and build a school. His kidneys had shut down completely and he had gone 11 days without eating when he finally returned home and was hospitalized. Unfortunately, it now appears he did not get help in time and it cost him his life.
Bol is survived by his wife and newborn daughter he can never have even been able to answer because she was born while he was in Sudan and visitors to his hospital room were limited because of infection.
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