Teen lives with rare ‘werewolf syndrome’ with other kids scared he’ll bite them

A teenager who lives with a rare condition known as "werewolf syndrome" says his classmates are scared he will bite them while trolls call him "monkey boy".

Lalit Patidar, 17, was diagnosed with hypertrichosis at the age of six when doctors discovered he had abnormal hair growing all over his body.

The disease is so rare, it is believed that only 50 people have had it since the Middle Ages.

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Lalit's illness means that he is completely covered in hair and other kids at his school in Madhya Pradesh, India, have called him "monkey boy" thanks to the disease.

Lalit said: "I come from a normal family, my father is a farmer, and I am currently a senior in high school studying in 12th grade and at the same time I help my father in his farming work.

"I have had this hair my whole life, my parents say the doctor shaved me at birth but I didn't really notice anything was different about me until I was around six or seven years old.

"That's when I first took notice that the hair was growing all over my body like no one else I knew."

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Lalit added that he's the only member of his family with a hair growth condition.

He said: "There is no history of hair growth conditions in my family, I am the only one who has this disease.

"I was not upset when the hair started to grow because I was very young at that time, but my family members and my parents used to worry a lot about me.

"Small children used to get scared seeing me, and as a child I did not know why. As I grew up I realised that my whole body had hair and that was not like everyone else.

"Kids were worried I would come back to bite them like an animal."

Lalit added that when he was young, kids would throw stones at him, shout "monkey monkey" in his face, or claim that he was some kind of ghost or mythical creature.

With no cure for the illness, the teen and his family struggled at first to accept his condition.

But despite the adversity, Lalit now leads a happy life and has dreams of becoming a YouTuber one day to help his family.

He said: "I slowly realised that I have hair all over my body and I am different from common humans in a good way, I am unique.

"Slowly everyone in my family started feeling normal about it and my friends also encouraged me a lot.

"I got to learn many things during my journey, most importantly I got to learn that I am one-in-a-million, I should never give up and live life to the fullest I always want to move forward and be happy.

"I am different, but most of the time our differences are our greatest strengths and I am proud to be me.

"I know only a few people have my condition but even if you have something similar, or just something that makes you feel different to your peers, I would like to say that people will keep saying anything about you," he added.

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"In the end, I just want to say that you should always respect all people, no matter how a person looks, he may have any disease.

"Always behave well with everyone, treat them with kindness, you never know what a person is going through.

"It is important to be happy but to also keep others happy."

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