Former pro wrestler from Mississippi remains hospitalized

A former pro wrestler is fighting for his life at a hospital in Lafayette County.

Posted: Nov 22, 2017 8:49 PM
Updated: Nov 22, 2017 11:52 PM

OXFORD, Miss  (WTVA) -- A former pro wrestler is fighting for his life at a hospital in Lafayette County.

James Harris, better known as Kamala the Ugandan Giant, is being treated at the Baptist Memorial Hospital - North Mississippi in Oxford.

Wednesday, doctors took Kamala off life-support after he was rushed in for emergency surgery earlier this week.

Kamala's step-daughter has been updating his fans on social media and says he is showing signs of improvement.

"One of my most satisfying and proud moments was the creation of Kamala," Jerry Lawler said.

Lawler spoke with WTVA in an exclusive interview last week. Later, he shared with us video of he and Kamala fighting it out in the ring.

Kamala the Ugandan Giant fought against other pro wrestlers like Hulk Hogan, the Undertaker and Lawler, who also helped create his persona.

"He said, 'Mr. Lawler, My name is Sugar Bear Harris and I'd like to wrestle for you," said Lawler. "And I don't know what popped into my head at the moment but anyway I just said, 'Is anybody else seeing you?'"  

Family on Facebook say the Coldwater, Miss. native was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery because he had fluid in his lungs and around his heart.

WWE reported another former pro wrestler, Koko B. Ware, was at the hospital in support.

On Tuesday, Kamala's step daughter, Juanita James, posted to Facebook saying Kamala was doing much better. He is not talking but he is alert.

Kamala is a diabetic as well as a double amputee.

Lawler told WTVA at WWE (WWF) they like to create characters based off current events. Kamala's character was based off of former Ugandan President Idi Amin who was an admitted cannibal.

"Boom! We created a cannibal that came from the country of Uganda. Somebody put him in the wrestling ring and he was going around biting people and stuff like that," said Lawler. "I mean it was an instant success and James was perfect at that character." 

A media relations spokesperson at WWE say they are keeping up with Kamala's condition.

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