Werewolves are one of the classic characters in horror. These kids share some of the characteristics of wherevolves but the difference is that they are real and just like any other kids, but with alot of hair…
- Supatra ‘Nat’ Sasuphan is a young girl from Bangkok, Thailand born with a 5 cm thick animal-like fur covering her head and parts of her body.
- The hair is like the hair found on your head and it keeps growing out on her.
- There’s no cure for the condition yet, so her parents try to shave her without damaging her young skin.
- The condition is called “Ambras Syndrome” (also known as Werewolf syndrome) and seems to be sporadic: people are born with the condition without any family history of something similar.
- Only 1 in a billion is affected by Ambras Syndrome and there are only about 50 documented cases of it since 1638.
- The syndrome was believed by some to be caused by re-arrangements of the human chromosome 8. This however is not the case with Nat.
- Prithviraj Patil is a 11 year old boy from India who also has Ambras Syndrome.
- Some Indians thinks the boy is a reborn god.
- They try to remove his hair by a painful laser treatment which is usually performed on adults.
- Three sisters of six in another Indian family have similar characteristics of the syndrome, but it’s not Ambras. They’re believed to have inherited it from their father and they respond to treatment.
- The search for a cure continues. Because of the condition being so rare, it’s not highly prioritized in medicine.
- If a cure can be found, also the opposite: the reasons for older men’s hairloss can be discovered and maybe fixed.
Sources and further reading:
Discovery Channel information
Discovery Channel’s My Shocking Story: Real Wolf Kids