Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Hairy, But Perfect

When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. That couldn't be more true for an 11-year-old Thai girl named Supatra Sasuphan, who is Guinness World Records as the planet's hairiest girl.
Supatra Sasuphan - nicknamed Nat - has been called "wolf girl" and "monkey face" for the thick hair that grows on her face, ears, arms, legs and back as a result of Ambras Syndrome. But the Bangkok schoolgirl has not let that stand in her way, forming close friendships with other children and being embraced by her local community. Now, she says the title has made her even more popular at school. "I'm very happy to be in the Guinness World Records," she said. "A lot of people have to do a lot to get in. All I did was answer a few questions and then they gave it to me." There have only been 50 recorded cases of Ambras Syndrome since the Middle Ages and the symptoms of facial hair growth earned the sufferers reputations as werewolves. "There were a few people who used to tease me and call me monkey face but they don't do it any more," Supatra explained. Despite her condition, the bubbly pre-teen is like any other girl her age and enjoys dancing and swimming, as well as watching cartoons on television....There is no cure for the syndrome and although doctors have tried different treatments to remove the hair, including laser therapy, it has always grown back. The hair is thickening as she gets older, meaning Supatra's mother has to trim it to keep it out of her eyes. But the happy 11 year old said she is used to the condition and it does not make her uncomfortable - although she would like to be cured one day. Supatra has endured health problems since she was born and had difficulty breathing until two operations to enlarge her nostrils. When she was first brought home by her parents, neighbors asked what sins they had committed to have given birth to a girl covered in hair. But the community has since accepted Supatra, due in no small part to her sunny personality.
Stranjay to you, Supatra. With this positive of outlook on life, you'll certainly find happiness.

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