Atlanta basketball legend helps boy in need of life-saving surgery

The Dikembe Mutumbo Foundation sponsored travel for the boy and his father.

ATLANTA — An 8-year old boy is in need of life-saving surgery and he's getting it, thanks to a former Atlanta Hawks player.

Matadi is from the Congo.

He has been shunned by society because of the large tumor on his face.

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Former Atlanta Hawk Dikembe Mutombo helped bring Matadi to the United States.

He was there waiting when the 8-year-old arrived in Los Angeles Wednesday.

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"We have a better place that we can help this young man,” Mutombo said.

The Dikembe Mutumbo Foundation sponsored travel for the boy and his father.

A specialist will perform the surgery for free.