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25 Incredible Images Of A Family Living With “Werewolf Syndrome”

A mother and her three children from Nepal suffer from a very rare disease that causes excessive hair growth. They are undergoing laser hair removal to help with their condition.

1. Devi Budhathoki, a 38-year-old woman from Nepal, along with three of her children, suffer from a very rare disease called Congenital Hypertrichosis Lanuginosa which causes excessive body hair growth. It is sometimes referred to as werewolf syndrome.

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Devi Budhathoki, 38, poses for a photograph on Sept. 14, before undergoing laser hair removal treatment in Karay, Dolkha District, 118 miles northeast of Kathmandu, Nepal.

2. Mandira Budhathoki, 7.

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3. Niraj Budhathoki, 12.

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4. Manjura Budhathoki, 14.

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5. Since the Middle Ages, just 50 people have been described as having the disease. According to recent estimates, approximately 34 cases have been adequately documented.

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8. The family traveled from their remote village in the mountains in north Nepal to undergo laser hair removal near the capital of Kathmandu.

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Devi has her blood pressure checked at the health clinic in Kharay.

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Nara Bahadur Budhathoki, 65, (L) speaks to his son Niraj and daughter Mandira as they look out of the window of their house in Kharay.

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12. Devi and her two oldest children, Manjura and Niraj, underwent the non-invasive procedures to remove some of the unwanted hair.

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Niraj, 12, winces while undergoing laser hair removal treatment at Dhulikhel Hospital in Kavre, on the outskirts of Kathmandu on Oct. 22.

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Devi is shaved by a nurse before undergoing laser hair removal treatment.

14. Before the treatment, Devi said, “More than myself, I’m worried about my children. They are mocked by their classmates.”

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Niraj (back, 3rd R) sits with his friends at the school playground in Kharay on Sept. 15.

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Niraj (L) and his younger sister Mandira doing their homework.

17. “My son has told his friends that he will be back with a new face and they can no longer tease him,” Devi said.

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20. “My children have talked about the new life ever since we received the word that the hospital is going to treat us,” she continued.

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Devi looks at her daughter Manjura’s face after it was shaved during laser hair removal treatment.

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22. Devi, before and after the laser hair removal.

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23. Manjura, before and after the laser treatment.

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24. Niraj, before and after the procedure.

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Devi and her children are all smiles after undergoing the hair removal treatment.

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Tasneem Nashrulla is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
Contact Tasneem Nashrulla at tasneem.nashrulla@buzzfeed.com.
 
 
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