2×45′ – Drama based on a true story
Author : Mélusine Laura Raynaud
Adapted from Jérôme Hamon’s eponymous testimony
in collaboration with Bénédicte des Mazery (Flammarion, 2015)
Diffuseur : TF1
Jérôme Hamon suffers from type I Neurofibromatosis (Von Recklinghausen’s disease), more commonly known as Elephant Man disease. Since he was born, Jerome has seen his face deformed as tumors kept appearing on it, excluding him from any social life… However, in 2010, a glimmer of hope is to be seen : Jerome is going to benefit, not without risk, from a total face transplant, a world first.
During surgery, his mother, Arlette, patiently sits in the waiting room and reminisces what brought her here from Jerome’s first confrontations with the outside world to her struggle to give her son a normal life, at the expense of her family life and her other son, Ludovic.