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Turtle Boy

In a remote village in rural Colombia, a 6-year-old boy carries a lifelong weight on his back: a bulbous, dark mole that encompasses 60 percent of his body. The unsightly abnormality was present at birth and grew as he himself grew, coming to resemble the shape of a tortoises shell. Though the childs name is Didier, his neighbors call him something elsethe Turtle Boy. NGC cameras are there every step of the way as a team of surgeons attempt a five-hour, one-of-a-kind operation.

Premieres Sunday, July 8, 2012 on Nat Geo