A brave MP-based teen, who suffers from the extremely rare ‘werewolf syndrome’ recently spoke about bullying and acceptance. “I am unique”, he said in an interview, as she opened up about being called “monkey boy” and being teased because of the rare facial hair-related syndrome. The 17-year-old teen, named Lalit Patidar, lives in a village called Nandleta located in Madhya Pradesh’s Ratlam.

“When I was younger, I frequently received stone-throwing. Children were afraid that I would return and bite them like an animal. My parents claim that I was shaved by the doctor at birth, but I didn’t become aware of the difference until I was approximately 6 or 7 years old. The hair started to sprout all over my body at that point, unlike anyone else I knew,” he was quoted saying.

Despite being handed a tough pair of cards, Lalit is looking forward to his life, and is also planning to support his family by becoming a YouTuber. He said that he accepted being different from others in a good way. “I am unique. Slowly everyone in my family started feeling normal about it and my friends also encouraged me a lot,” he said.

Hypertrichosis, also known as ‘werewolf syndrome’, is an extremely rare condition where there’s abnormal amount of growth on one’s body and face.

The Facts of the Matter

When life gives you lemons, you make lemonades.

This is easier said than done, especially when you’re bullied and teased for something that’s beyond your control. 17-year-old Lalit Patidar from Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, has been bullied his own life due to fur all over his face as he is suffering from the extremely rare disorder called ‘Hypertrichosis’, also known as ‘werewolf syndrome’.


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Lalit Wants to be a YouTuber

Due to his furry face and abnormal amount of hair all over his face and body, he has been on the receiving end of bullying and teasing. Despite that Lalit is trying to life his life with acceptance and humility, hoping to support his family in future by becoming a YouTuber.


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Being Attacked by Stones, Taunts

In a recent New York Post report, Lalit opened up about his tough childhood, which became exponentially challenging because of the bullying. “When I was young, I had people throw stones at me. Kids were worried I would come back to bite them like an animal,” the 17-year-old was quoted saying.

While Patidar had been suffering from the condition his whole life, he didn’t get a sense of something being different till he was 6 or 7 years old.

“My parents say the doctor shaved me at birth but I didn’t really notice anything was different about me until I was around 6 or 7 years old. That’s when I first took notice that the hair was growing all over my body like no one else I knew,” he said.


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Being Called ‘Ghost’, ‘Monkey’

As Lalit grew into a teen, he became the subject of bullying and ostracizing. His mates started to call him ‘monkey’, and other locals called him a ‘ghost’, seeing him as not a person but a mythical beast from horror films. He was also thrown stones at, and some parents didn’t let their children around him, which made him even sadder.

“I am unique”: Lalit Gives Lesson on Acceptance

Despite all this, Patidar has been learning how to accept his unique self, and tries to not let bullying come in the way of living a happy life.

“I am different from common humans in a good way, I am unique. Slowly everyone in my family started feeling normal about it and my friends also encouraged me a lot,” he said.

 

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