PHOTOS: A ray of hope for Nepalese family suffering from Werewolf Syndrome

 

Kathmandu, Nepal: A family in Nepal is suffering from a unique condition called Congenial Hypertrichosis Lanuginosa also known as ‘Werewolf Syndrome’. The syndrome causes thick, black hair to grow on forehead and other parts of the body where it does not normally grow.
 
The family of four- Devi Budhathoki, 38, and her three children- Manjura, 14, Niraj, 12, and Mandira, 7, all suffer from the rare condition that has severely hampered their social life.
 
The family could soon be able to say goodbye to their misery after they underwent a laser treatment in Kathmandu. Devi and her two eldest daughters have all received the treatment. The treatment, if successful, will help them improve their social life.
 
The family was happy and seen smiling after receiving the treatment at Dhulikhel Hospital in Kavre, on the outskirts of Kathmandu.
 
A concerned mother was hopeful for her children who are often victimised by their classmates for their unfortunate condition. The children were excited and are already planning their life ‘after the treatment’.
 
“My son has told his friends that he will be back with a new face and they can no longer tease him”, the mother was quoted by Daily Mail.
 
The condition Hypertrichosis means an abnormal amount of hair growth on the body.
 
Hypertrichosis (also called Ambras syndrome) is an abnormal amount of hair growth over the body; extensive cases of Hypertrichosis have informally been called werewolf syndrome, because the appearance is similar to the werewolf. The two distinct types of Hypertrichosis are generalized Hypertrichosis, which occurs over the entire body, and localized Hypertrichosis, which is restricted to a certain area. Hypertrichosis can be either congenital (present at birth) or acquired later in life. The excess growth of hair occurs in areas of the skin with the exception of androgen-dependent hair of the pubic area, face, and auxiliary regions.
 
Several circus sideshow performers in the 19th and early 20th centuries, such as Julia Pastrana, had Hypertrichosis. Many of them worked as freaks and were promoted as having distinct human and animal traits.
In the picture, Devi Budhathoki poses for a photograph before undergoing laser hair removal treatment in Karay, Dolkha District. 
  
In the picture, Manjura Budhathoki poses for a photograph before undergoing laser hair removal treatment in Karay, Dolkha District. 
  
In the picture, Niraj Budhathoki poses for a photograph after undergoing hair removal treatment at Dhulikhel Hospital in Kavre. 
 
 
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