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Greenlit: The Girl With Half a Face, Discovery Fit & Health

The Girl With Half a Face (1 x 60′) – Adolescence is one of the most challenging times in anyone’s life. High school can be a battlefield, having to navigate all the different personalities and hormones that come with these transitional years. Teenagers are just starting to learn about themselves and where they fit in. Add on a facial tumor, and just imagine how much more difficult that process becomes. This is the case for 17-year-old Sarah Atwell, who suffers from a rare disease called neurofibromatosis, causing a massive tumor to develop on half her face. In this film, cameras follow young Sarah as she embarks on an extraordinary journey. After years of hardship and bullying, Sarah is ready to undergo a risky operation that will remove part of her tumor and has the power to impact the rest of her life.

A hereditary disease, neurofibromatosis causes tumors to grow along nerve shafts. Unlike most with this uncommon disorder, Sarah’s condition is extreme – and has developed into a massive tumor on the right side of her face which continues to grow at a rapid pace. As a child, Sarah’s parents searched for a way to help their daughter, consulting with various doctors. But unfortunately, no doctor was willing to perform such an intricate surgery on such a young girl – leaving Sarah and her family out of options.

Without an answer, Sarah has lived with her disfiguring tumor for her entire life and has been a victim of bullying from a young age. But unwilling to allow tormenters to dictate her life, Sarah finally took a stand and fought back against the bullies, by posting a video online and sharing her story. After receiving an incredible amount of support in response to her video, Sarah has at last found a doctor willing to operate. Sarah and her family are hopeful that this procedure will be a long-awaited step to removing her tumor in its entirety. Now, Discovery Fit & Health chronicles Sarah’s story as she undergoes the extremely dangerous surgery that could change her face and her life once and for all.

Channel: Discovery Fit & Health

Producer: MorningStar Entertainment

TX: 18th December 2013

Source: Discovery Fit & Health press release

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