NBA legend Dikembe Mutombo spoke about the tragic death of Matadi Sela Petit, the Congolese eight-year-old who died from a "rare genetic reaction to anesthesia" on Friday after Mutombo brought him to the United States for surgery to remove a large tumor from the child's face.
According to TMZ Sports, "[Mutombo's] been working with the 8-year-old boy's family to transport his body back to the Democratic Republic of Congo for a proper burial, which should happen soon. He says dealing with the loss is tough, but everyone is hanging in there."
"It's never easy when you've lost someone," Mutombo said.
The Dikembe Mutombo Foundation also previously released a statement on the boy's death (h/t NBC News):
"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. Despite the diligent efforts of his medical caregivers, Matadi did not recover and he passed away last night."