A boy named Pruthviraj Patil ( Werewolf boy) from Sangli near Mumbai whose face and body are covered with hair is baffling medical experts.
Pruthviraj Patil has suffered from Hypertrichosis, a rare genetic condition also known as Werewolf Syndrome, since birth. He is believed to be one of only 50 people in the world with the condition. But despite his abnormal hair growth Pruthviraj is healthy, sporty and popular at school
Pruthviraj’s family have tried a range of treatments – including homeopathy, traditional Indian Ayurvedic remedies and more recently laser surgery – but none has proved successful. and he had appealed to doctors to help him find a permanent cure.
The thick matted hair that covers Pruthviraj’s face has caused him to be stared at and bullied throughout his childhood, and he rarely leaves his home village in India because of the cruelty of strangers.
When Prithviraj was born villagers told his mother she had given birth to a God. Others thought he was a supernatural creature and a bad omen because of his unique appearance.
Anita, 32, admits his condition had been hard for the family to accept. Boy says, “When I first went to school I used to get bullied and other children would laugh at me, but now they treat me like normal,“We all play cricket together and the hair doesn’t stop me running or catching the ball, so it is not a big problem.”
Plastic surgeon Vinay Saoji, who has examined Pruthviraj, said that the boy was suffering from one of the rarest genetic conditions.
“Hairy nevus, where a person has patches of excess hair growth or hirsutism, is not uncommon. But hair persisting all over the body is very rare,” he said. “Though I have seen such cases documented I had never come across anyone suffering from the condition until now.”