Lalit Patidar, 17, who lives in a small village called Nandleta in India’s Madhya Pradesh region, was born with an extremely rare syndrome that has been seen in only 50 people since the middle ages.
DIFFICULTIES DID NOT MISS HER LIFE
Patidar, whose whole body is covered with hair due to hypertrichosis, or ‘Wolf-Man SYNDROME’ as we know it, is currently in his senior year of high school. The young man, who is the child of a farmer family, has been bullied many times due to his appearance. However, his special situation did not offend him.
CANNOT UNDERSTAND UP TO 6-7 YEARS
Stating that he has a positive outlook on life despite everything he has been through, Lalit stated that his new goal is to become a successful Youtuber and shared his dreams with people. Stating that they are children of a couple, Latit said, “My family says the doctor shaved me at birth, but I didn’t notice the problem until I was 6-7 years old. Unlike everyone I know, that’s when I noticed hairs growing all over my body for the first time. Doctors called it ‘hypertrichosis’. He said I have a syndrome. It’s a rare condition and as far as I know, only fifty people in the world have it. No one in my family has such a history of the disease, it’s just me. When I was little, I wasn’t very upset about it, but my family was very worried. Young children were scared when they saw me, and they were petrified. “He used to run away thinking I’d bite him like he was, but I couldn’t understand why. As I got older, I discovered that my whole body was hairy and I was different from everyone else.”
“I CUT IT IF IT’S TOO LONG, I HAVE NO OTHER CHOICE”
The 17-year-old knows there is no cure for his condition and has learned to live with it now. Explaining that at the end of his struggle, what makes him unique is actually his disease, Latit said, “There is no cure for this condition. The hairs on my body will continue to grow like hair. If they grow too long, I will cut them off, I have no other choice.”
“THEY THROWED STONES”
Explaining that his friends were constantly making fun of him, unaware of what he was going through throughout his school life, Latit said, “My friends used to say that I was very scary and they would shout ‘monkey’ behind my back. People on the street would throw stones at me, which is the biggest injustice to a little child who doesn’t know what’s going on. People they still ask if there is a cure for this condition and they keep their children away from me so they don’t get scared.But all this can’t stop me from living a happy life.I learned a lot during my journey, most importantly I learned that I am one in a million, that I should never give up and live life to the fullest. “I am different from ordinary people, I am unique. Often our differences are our greatest strength and I am proud to be myself.”
Here is that young man who draws attention with his appearance;