Surgeon offers hope for Viet
The Baby With A New Face: Extraordinary People Five, 9pm
VIET was born with one of the world's rarest facial deformities – a cleft palate and bilateral facial clefts.
This two-year-old Vietnamese boy has a two inch gap in the bone on each side of his face which will only increase as he grows.
His condition doesn't just affect the way he looks, it has made him blind in both eyes too. If he's not operated on now he won't ever be able to speak or eat properly.
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Extraordinary People is the story of one British medical team's attempt to rebuild Viet's face and offer him a future.
Viet's mother Nho, desperate for an answer ever since her son was born, has found hope in the form of Niall Kirkpatrick, one of the world's leading cranio-facial surgeons.
For years Niall has been travelling to Vietnam to help children with facial disfigurements.
But when he meets Viet, he decides his case is so complex he needs to bring him back to Britain for surgery.
Thus we follow Viet and Nho as they travel from their small fishing village to London as Niall and his team embark on a series of lengthy and extremely challenging operations to give Viet the face with which he should have been born.
Nho has to cope with homesickness, anxiety and deeply unfamiliar surroundings. But if the operations have the effect everyone hopes they will, it will transform both their lives unimaginably.
Trouble is, it's a big 'if'.