Schoolboy, 13, with ’Werewolf syndrome’ has entire face and body covered in hair


mirror.co.uk, 09-02-2019 13:32:23


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The teen and his grandparents 

Lalit pictured with his sisters

Lalit pictured studying with his classmate Dilip Rathore 

Lalit with father Bankatlal and mother Parwatibai who he hopes to support in the future by becoming a police officer

Lalit as a baby with sister Vishnu

Lalit is sometimes teased and called ’Monkey boy’ by people outside his village

Lalit is very optimistic about his future and wants to join the police force

He is adored by his family

Lalit Patidar, suffers from ’Werewolf Syndrome’ 

Schoolboy, 13, with ’Werewolf syndrome’ has entire face and body covered in hair

Lalit Patidar, 13 from India, wishes he could be ’normal’ and dreams of becoming a police officer when he’s older to support his family and thank them for all they have done for him

A schoolboy who suffers from ’Werewolf Syndrome’ has told how cruel bullies throw stones at him and call him ’monkey’ - but all he wants to do is be their friend.

Lalit Patidar, 13, from India, was born with Hypertrichosis, a condition characterised by abnormal hair growth on the face, arms and other parts of the body.

Despite his condition, the teen lives a happy life and dreams of one day supporting his parents by becoming a police officer.

He also hopes to have surgery in the future so other children stop being so scared to play with him.

“I was born with too much hair on my face and this makes me different,” he said.

“Sometimes I wish I was like other children, but I cannot do much about it.

“I have gotten used to the way I am, and I am usually comfortable with myself.”

Lalit’s 42-year old mum, Parvatibai Patidar, is a busy housewife looking after 14 family members, including Lalit’s five sisters and grandparents.

She was stunned to see her baby boy covered in hair when he was born.

Parvatibai said: “I saw Lalit first half an hour after he was born, I was amazed to see his body covered in extraordinary amount of hair.

“We immediately asked the local paediatrician to examine him who trimmed off his excess hair and said that there is no cure for this.

“I have five daughters and we prayed at lot of temples to have a son. Our prayers were answered when Lalit was born.

“He is different but still very special for me because he was born after many special prayers.”

Despite being used to his condition, Lalit often has bad days when due to his excess hair, he faces difficulty in breathing and sight. His parents have tried a number of treatments without success.

Lalit’s father, a 45-year old celery and garlic farmer, Bankatlal Patidar, said: “When Lalit was two years old, I took Lalit to a big hospital in Baroda where a team of doctors examined him.

“After examining him, they told me that there is no cure for it and if they come across any cure, they will inform me.”

Lalit often gets jeered and stared at while in public, especially when outside of his native village.

“Sometimes when I am out in a busy town, people come and stare at me. Some even call me monkey," he said.

“There have been times when other kids throw stones at me and call me names.

“But my family and friends come to my rescue and defend me during such incidents.”

He added: "I sometimes wish to have some surgery to get rid of excess hair because I want to be friends with everyone. They shouldn’t hesitate to play with me.

"If I didn’t have hair I’d be fine. No one would bully me."

Lalit is very optimistic about his future and wants to join the police force.

He said: “I want to join the police and put all thieves and criminals in jail when I grow up.

“I want to earn money as an honest policeman and with that I want to look after my mum and dad.

“They have done a lot for me and I don’t want any complications for them when they grow old.”

At school, Lalit is an above average student and active in sports.

Classmate Dilip Rathore said he was "shocked and scared" when he first met him but now they are best of friends.

Headmaster Babulal Makwana added: “Lalit has been my student for the last two years. He is a good in studies and excels in sports.

“He is very popular in his class and everyone is fond of him."

He added: “Initially when he came to my school, people were taken aback but now everyone is used to him and no one treats him differently.”

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