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The Boy Who Wants His Leg Cut Off

The Boy Who Wants His Leg Cut Off


Dillon Chapman from Somerset wants to have his left leg amputated. He is convinced that this is the best course of treatment for a condition that is stripping him of his childhood. Born with one of the most extreme forms of Neurofibromatosis (NF1) that doctors have ever seen in a child in the UK, Dillon now has over 200 tumours growing within his small body. 

Each tumour is attached to a nerve ending, causing him excruciating pain and condemning him to a life on a cocktail of powerful medication. Some of the tumours have now also spread into his abdomen and spleen, making his future unknown.

But it's the tumours in Dillon's left leg, which is now four times larger and over 6 centimetres longer than his right that make life so unbearable. Having undergone many gruelling operations to try and stem the growth of the leg, this strong little lad is adamant that he wants his severely debilitating leg amputated.

Dillon's fighting spirit and love of life means he'll never give up on his dream of having a prosthetic leg, a decision his mum and dad fully support.

But despite being in constant pain, is it right for an eleven year old to make the decision to have his own leg removed? Can he convince the doctors that he needs such a drastic operation? Or could advances in the understanding of Neurofibromatosis mean that doctors can give him a better quality of life without amputation? 

The Boy Who Wants His Leg Cut off is the uplifting story of Dillon Chapman, whose bravery and fight for happiness will leave viewers inspired by his determination for a brighter future.


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