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Indian teen gets bullied over rare “werewolf syndrome”

werewolf syndrome of Lalit Patidar

An Indian teen has opened up about his lifelong experience living with werewolf fur all over his body due to a medical condition. 

“When I was young, I had people throw stones at me. Kids were worried I would come back to bite them like an animal,”17-year-old Lalit Patidar explains. 

The teen, who lives in Nandleta in Madhya Pradesh, has been diagnosed with hypertrichosis, a rare condition that causes a person to grow excessive hair all over their body.

Also known as werewolf syndrome, hypertrichosis can be generalized or localized. The generalized condition will cause hair growth all over the body, while the localized condition will cause hair growth in one specific body part. 

There is no cure for the condition. Sufferers may try to manage it by trimming, shaving, waxing, and other hair removal messages.

teen werewolf: mdwfeatures | Lalit Patidar

Image: mdwfeatures | Lalit Patidar

The condition is extremely rare, with less than 100 cases occurring since the Middle Ages. 

“My parents say the doctor shaved me at birth, but I didn’t really notice anything was different until I was around 6 or 7 years old. That’s when I first took notice that the hair was growing all over my body like no one else I knew,” Pradesh explained. 

At first, Pradesh was unconcerned about his appearance. But he noted that his “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,” he recalled. 

Things began getting worse as he got older. His classmates would tease him and even throw stones at him. “I see parents moving their small children away from me, it makes me sad to think they are scared,” he said. 

But now, Pradesh is becoming more comfortable with who he is. 

“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.”

The teen has also started blogging and creating videos about his condition. He hopes to someday become a YouTuber. 

He encourages people not to let their physical appearance keep them from following their dreams. 

“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.”

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