Lately I’ve been wondering how many “myths” have a basis in fact. We’ve seen recently with the “monkey faced pig” story that a rare genetic condition (Holoprosencephaly) can lead to humans and other mammals having one eye (cyclops). Now another rare condition shows us that stories of werewolves probably also come from a rare genetic disorder. And for followers of the unusual, it will be no surprise that this story comes from India.
11-year-old Pruthviraj Patil has suffered from hypertrichosis, a rare genetic condition also known as Werewolf Syndrome, since birth. His face and body are covered with hair and he is baffling medical experts. On a planet with 6.7 billion people, he may be one of only 50 with this condition. Pruthviraj’s family has tried homeopathy, traditional Indian Ayurvedic remedies even laser surgery without success. He is now appealing to doctors to help him find a permanent cure since even after laser treatment the hair grows back. Vinay Saoji, a plastic surgeon who examined Pruthviraj, said that the boy was suffering from one of the rarest genetic conditions. A cure will allow him to live a more normal life. Pruthviraj rarely leaves his home village in India because of the cruelty of strangers.