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David JacksonThe remarkable story of David Jackson gripped Britain and beyond during the early 1980s when he became the subject of a series of award-winning BBC documentaries made by Desmond Wilcox.
Born into a tribe of Campa Indians in the Peruvian Amazon, David Lopez suffered from a rare flesh-eating disease called "noma" which had ravaged his face. The toddler's nose, upper lip and cheeks had been devoured by the disease and he was abandonded by his natural family.
Rescued from a pauper's hospital in Lima by a charity worker in 1977 David is taken to Glasgow where he was operated on by eminent Scottish plastic surgeon - and Celtic fan - Dr.Ian Jackson. Eventually David would endure more than 100 operations. He was adopted by the Jackson family and spent his childhood in Glasgow where he too became a fan of the Hoops.
Wilcox's documentaries following the progress of David and the Jackson family - it was from this series that the youngster became known as "The Boy David" - were hugely popular with viewers both on the BBC and across the world. The family would eventually move to the United States and another documentary film on David's life 'The Boy David Story' would be released in 2003.
David went on to work as a graphic artist and although living in America it is said he retains a deep rooted fondness for Celtic and Glasgow.
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