After six years of being labelled 'dragon boy', Muhammad Yunusov has finally been cured of the horn like growths that have covered his face and head since birth.
The little boy's mouth, eyes and nose, along with much of his scalp were covered in scaly barnacle-like growths, the result of the rare skin condition granulomatous candidiasis.
Doctors in his home town in the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan had failed to find the cause or a cure for the distressing disease, and his parents kept the eight-year-old hidden away, allowing him out only with a mask covering his face.
The boy's uncle eventually took him to a leading dermatologist after cruel taunts of 'dragon', 'freak' and 'Zorro' became too much for the family to bear. Amazingly, specialist Professor Mir Ali Baltabaeva cured Muhammed in just 17 days with a mixture of topical creams and medication.