Heartwarming Tearjerker of the Day: By the time he was 6, a mole on Didier Montalvo’s back had grown so large that it had earned him the nickname Turtle Boy. The growth — called congenital melanocytic nevus — covered more than half the circumference of Didier’s body, and the itchiness of his skin was painful. Villagers in his rural Colombian town shunned his family, and told his mother, Luz, that her son’s condition was her fault because she had looked at a solar eclipse while pregnant.
But after Didier’s story was featured in a local newspaper, donations poured in, and a London surgeon volunteered to help the boy come out of his “shell.”
“Didier’s CMN was the worst case I had ever seen due to the size and bulk of the lesion,” said Dr. Neil Bulstrode. “When I saw the pictures of Didier, one of my first feelings was that if we could remove it, we would significantly improve his quality of life.”
(Heads up: Documentary is graphic.)