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The boy with a tumour for a face.

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About this work


At two years old several vast tumours spread over the face of Indonesian boy Novemthree, blinding him and leaving him with breathing, speaking and eating problems. At five he had the largest facial tumour in medical history. This documentary is a follow-up to one with the same name broadcast at the end of 2004. We see how the previous surgery certainly helped Novemthree but the predictions of his future care have taken a depressing turn and after only a year Novemthree's tumours have grown substantially. He returns to the Tzu Chi Foundation (a unique Buddhist-inspired hospital) for more surgery. Unfortunately tragic complications meant that Novemthree's surgery was postponed and he died before it took place.


UK : Five, 2005.

Physical description

1 videocassette (VHS) (60 min.) : sound, color, PAL.


Broadcast 10 April, 2006

Copyright note

3BM Production for Five.



  • English

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