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Werewolf.......boy?
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So we've all heard of the man who turned into a tree, right?
what about a wolf?...




Pruthviraj Patil, 11, suffers from a rare genetic disorder known as hypertrichosis — or "werewolf syndrome" — which causes a thick coat of hair to grow over every inch of his body except his palms and feet.

An episode of the TLC series "My Shocking Story" chronicled the efforts of a group of Columbia scientists, including dermatologist Angela Christiano, to develop a cure for Pruthviraj's disorder, which is estimated to afflict fewer than 50 people on the planet.

Christiano and her colleagues at Columbia are using injections of testosterone to stem the growth of hair.

Ironically, the breakthrough stems from Christiano's research into baldness. A dermatologist and geneticist, she's a pioneer in the field who actually discovered a gene associated with hair loss.

The disease is believed to be genetic and not caused by a hormonal imbalance. From birth, all humans have some amount of body hair, but this rare mutation causes it to grow out of control.

Today, he is popular at school and apparently happy.

But his mother, Anita, 32, wishes he did not have to be a kid in wolf's clothing. Although many thought Pruthviraj's birth was a sign of divinity, others feared he was some sort of demon or bad omen.

"Why did God do this to us?" Anita asked. "He looks so odd, and wherever we go, people throng to see him."

Pruthviraj has just started the promising treatment, and it's too early to tell its long-term effects, but the doctors are hopeful it will do the trick.

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no need for a costume at halloween then
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no need for a costume at halloween then


flawless victory
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Oh yeah I've seen that on TV. One of the show is called Ripley's Believe it or Not.
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Posted 1/21/09
TWILIGHT, anyone?



lol.
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Posted 1/21/09
danm thats gonna use up a lot of shampoo...
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Must suck to comb your entire body.
How about trying laser hair removal?
Posted 1/21/09
Doesn't he feel itchy ?
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Isn't there a whole family in Mexico with the same disorder
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hehe......i guess he doesn't have to wear clothes w/ that laod of fur.....lol j/k
Posted 1/21/09
Poor guy :(

People like you, gloating over his misfortune, are the ones to make his life even worse.
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Then does he shampoo all over?
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Okazu606 wrote:

Poor guy :(

People like you, gloating over his misfortune, are the ones to make his life even worse.


i agree, what do you people care, if it was you with that i dont think youll like it would you
Posted 1/21/09

Neukuhn wrote:


Okazu606 wrote:

Poor guy :(

People like you, gloating over his misfortune, are the ones to make his life even worse.


i agree, what do you people care, if it was you with that i dont think youll like it would you


Yea, exactly. I know I'm like "here I come with my high morale" but really, try putting yourself in his place... :S

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Okazu606 wrote:

Poor guy :(

People like you, gloating over his misfortune, are the ones to make his life even worse.


is this msg directed torwards me?
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