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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tasneem Nashrulla is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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