Colombia: The astonishing recovery of “turtle boy”: British surgeon helps child live normal life by removing huge back mole that resembles a shell.
A child dubbed “turtle boy” because of a giant mole that covered his back like a shell, can now live a normal life thanks to a British surgeon.
Didier Montalvo, six, from Colombia, had the rare condition Congenital Melanocytic Nevus.
There was a chance the growth could turn malignant but Didier’s mother Luz could not raise the money for the operation.
The family were also ostracized from their rural village as the superstitious residents said Didier’s condition was due to being conceived during an eclipse.
“I want to grow up,” Didier said.
“But the mole won’t let me.”
But thanks to leading plastic surgeon Neil Bulstrode, who operated on him free after hearing of his plight, Didier can now grow up as any other child.