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Hall of Fame Broadcaster Art Hains Transferred to K-U Medical Center Following West Nile Diagnosis

The family of legendary broadcaster Art Hains is asking for continued prayers as the Voice of the Bears is transferred from Cox South in Springfield to K-U Medical Center in Kansas City.

Hains, 66, was admitted to the hospital last week after experiencing pain in his leg.

Doctors originally believed Hains had Guillain-Barre Syndrome, an immune system disorder, but the family was told on Sunday the new diagnosis is West Nile virus.

Hains, who has been in critical condition since last Thursday, when he was put on a ventilator, was airlifted to Kansas City late Sunday night.

Doctors believe West Nile caused acute flaccid paralysis, impacting Hains’ mobility.

Hains’ son, Chris, told Springfield News-Leader Reporter Wyatt Wheeler the transfer to K-U Medical Center will allow for a second opinion, additional testing, and hopefully treatment options.

Wheeler is Hains’ co-host on Jock 96-9’s weekday afternoon Sports Talk show.

The Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, where Hains provides scoreboard updates for Chiefs broadcasts, held a moment of silence Sunday for the Missouri Sports Hall of Famer.

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