'Werewolf Syndrome' Family To Have Laser Hair Removal Treatment

14/08/2014 16:55 | Updated 22 May 2015

'Werewolf syndrome' family to have laser hair removal treatment

A family who suffer from 'werewolf syndrome' have been given the chance of leading normal lives after a hospital offered to remove the dark hair that covers their faces.

Nara and Devi Budhathoki and their three children have spent their lives being stared at because of the condition congenital hypertrichosis lanuginose, which causes excessive hair growth.

They and their children, daughters Mandira, 7, Manjura, 14, and son Niraj, 12, are all covered in thick, dark hair.

But now Dhulikhel Hospital in their native Nepal is using laser treatment to remove the hair. For free.

Reuters photographer Navesh Chitrakar went to meet them and said: "Nara Bahadur does not mind Devi having excessive hair on her face. He said a good man does not pursue a woman for her appearance.

"Spending time with her, I saw a mother who is fighting against all odds just to get a better future for her children."

However, even after finishing a course of hair removal, the family will need to keep returning because the hair grows back again.

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