An 11-year-old “werewolf” boy is still looking for a cure for his condition which is known as Werewolf Syndrome.
Pruthviraj Patil is one of 50 in the world who suffers from hypertrichosis, a rare genetic condition known as Werewolf Syndrome and as a result, his face and body is covered in thick, matted hair.
Pruthviraj is still optomistic that doctors will find a cure for his “wolf-like” features.
He hardly ever leaves his village because of his fear of being traunted by strangers.
The only parts of his body that are not covered with hair are the palms of his hands and soles of his feet. This could turn out quite awkward as he gets older because you know what women are like at the moment…they like blokes who are, you know…hairless. He’d have to get more than his sac and crack done.
His parents are fairly wealthy and have tried homeopathy, traditional Ayurvedic remedies and laser surgery. But none of them have worked.
It is believe his genetic condition was caused by a flaw during pregnancy.
“Why did God do this to us,” his 32-year-old mother Anita pleads. “He looks so odd and whever we go people throng to see him.”
Plastic surgeon Vinay Saoji has examined the boy and confirms that the condition is very rare.
“Hairy nevus, where a person has patches of excess growth, or hirsurism, is not uncommon, but hair persisting all over the body is very rare,” he added. Personally, I would love a bit of “Hairy Nevus” on my head…in fact I could name a few men who would love it.
Pruthviraj says he is anxious to get the hair removed but even after laser treatment it simply grows back.
The doctors don’t have any answers to his predicament.
When he first went to school he said he got bullied and the other children laughed at him. But now they have got used to him and they treat him like normal.
But in all seriousness, I do wish him the best of luck in his quest to find a cure. It’s just a shame that the old “Hammer House of Horror” films aren’t being made any more.
by Milo Johnson