The Intriguing Story Behind 'Peter Pan'

December 4, 2014 4:14 PM

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The Intriguing Story Behind 'Peter Pan'

If last year’s “The Sound of Music Live” broadcast was any indication, then this year’s “Peter Pan Live,” a special airing Thursday night on NBC, could draw more than 40 million TV viewers. And among those glued to their screens will be North Carolina residents Theresa Pauca and her son Victor, a cherubic 9-year-old with a rare form of autism called Pitt-Hopkins syndrome. The condition may have been shared by an 18th-century boy thought to have inspired author J.M. Barrie’s “Peter Pan” — making the beloved character the default poster child for the Paucas, and for kids with Pitt-Hopkins everywhere.

“Victor is never going to have to grow up. He will be just like Peter Pan, and we will get to be with him in Neverland,” Theresa tells Yahoo Parenting, reiterating what she told her daughters, then 5 and 8, when Victor received his diagnosis at the age of 2. It was a fairly accurate description of P...

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