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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.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 482902

Reported Deaths: 9425
CountyCasesDeaths
Harrison33063488
Hinds31021589
DeSoto30610358
Jackson23687348
Rankin21340370
Lee14909220
Madison14166271
Jones13404227
Forrest13160240
Lauderdale11601305
Lowndes10443176
Lamar10214130
Pearl River9098221
Lafayette8241137
Hancock7514112
Washington7102150
Oktibbeha6964124
Monroe6514164
Neshoba6475201
Warren6464164
Pontotoc630393
Panola6250126
Marshall6126123
Bolivar6115144
Union574186
Pike5613136
Alcorn537290
Lincoln5303131
George471472
Scott459196
Leflore4476140
Prentiss446779
Tippah446480
Itawamba4444100
Adams4416116
Tate4394101
Simpson4335112
Wayne433066
Copiah431787
Yazoo423386
Covington415792
Sunflower4148104
Marion4099104
Leake397586
Coahoma3957100
Newton370875
Grenada3556104
Stone350860
Tishomingo336289
Attala325387
Jasper314162
Winston304691
Clay296473
Chickasaw287065
Clarke282190
Calhoun266141
Holmes262187
Smith250649
Yalobusha221047
Tallahatchie220450
Walthall211058
Greene209045
Lawrence206833
Perry199953
Amite198452
Webster196542
Noxubee178939
Montgomery172454
Jefferson Davis168342
Carroll162137
Tunica153334
Benton142535
Kemper138640
Choctaw127026
Claiborne126834
Humphreys126637
Franklin116728
Quitman103926
Wilkinson101936
Jefferson91333
Sharkey63020
Issaquena1926
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 789054

Reported Deaths: 14022
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Jefferson1115991765
Mobile708511234
Madison49865633
Shelby36274315
Baldwin36242495
Tuscaloosa33931548
Montgomery33190678
Lee22680220
Calhoun21211410
Morgan19816335
Etowah19300462
Marshall17680274
Houston16823386
St. Clair15442305
Cullman14602258
Limestone14581188
Elmore14480264
Lauderdale13520281
Talladega12958236
DeKalb12199237
Walker10588330
Blount9720157
Autauga9667137
Jackson9385158
Coffee8882175
Dale8609173
Colbert8534184
Tallapoosa6673181
Escambia6591121
Covington6452167
Chilton6385144
Russell607255
Franklin5795101
Chambers5416134
Marion4800120
Dallas4705189
Clarke463279
Pike462397
Geneva4413117
Winston425895
Lawrence4117108
Bibb409381
Barbour347270
Marengo326285
Monroe320053
Butler318290
Randolph305956
Pickens305274
Henry301858
Hale292685
Cherokee289855
Fayette279673
Washington245448
Crenshaw238470
Cleburne235851
Clay228565
Macon220158
Lamar197743
Conecuh182046
Lowndes170758
Coosa170235
Wilcox159736
Bullock149243
Perry136537
Sumter124536
Greene121443
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