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Friday, February 24, 2012

PHOTOS: Meet World's Hairiest Girl, 12, An Inspiration To Her Community…She Reveals She Wants To Be A Doctor

Supatra Sasuphan, pictured last year, is one of only 50 people ever to have Ambras syndrome which makes hair grow all over her face. She has now been recognised by the Guinness Book of Records. 
12-year-old Supatra Sasuphan may be known as 'monkey face' or 'wolf girl', but remarkably being the world's hairiest girl hasn't got her down.

The schoolgirl initially faced merciless teasing at school in Bangkok. But rather than let the condition ruin her life, Supatra says she enjoys being a world record holder and is even one of the most popular girls at her school.

She works hard and is one of the better students in her school, and even has ambitions to become a doctor - so she can 'look after the sick and her own family'.
Likewise her parents, who found out about her condition when she was born, say she is just 'a normal little girl'. Supatra herself insists her condition is just 'who I am', adding that she 'does not even think about'.

Supatra is one of just 50 known sufferers of Ambras Syndrome - caused by a faulty chromosome - to be documented since the Middle Ages. Before the disease was understood, sufferers were branded 'werewolves'. RETROSPECT VIDEO BELOW:


She has thick hair growing over her face, ears, arms, legs and back. Even laser treatment has failed to stop the hair growth.

Supatra has gradually been embraced by her community, and became a popular and outgoing child. She said: 'There were a few people who used to tease me and call me monkey face but they don't do it anymore. 'I'm very used to this condition. I can't feel the hair as it has always been like this. I don't feel anything. 'It does sometimes make it difficult to see when it gets long. I hope I will be cured one day.'

The bubbly little girl is also determined not to let her condition prevent her from leading a normal life. She said: 'I like to study maths so I can be good at it and teach it to younger children so they can do it too’.

'I want to become a doctor so I can help patients when they get injured.  'I want to help people who get hurt and help cure people.'
MORE PICS BELOW:
Learning fast: Supatra has suffered from the rare genetic condition since birth, but has refused to let it get her down

One of the class: Supatra joins in with her schoolfriends in Bangkok

'One of the most popular girls in school': Supatra with classmates at Ratchabophit school, where she says getting the record for world's hairiest girl has helped her win more friends. 

They don't tease me anymore: doctors tried to remove Supatra's hair with laser treatment but it quickly grew back

Happily families: Supattra with her sister 15-year-old Sukanya, left, her father Sammrueng and mother Somphon

Still attracting stares: strangers look at Supatra on the streets of Bangkok, but her neighbours say her sweet nature quickly won over her local community

Trim ... she has to have regular cuts to stop the hair growing over her eyes

Active ... Supatra does not let her condition hold her back

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