4-year-old girl in Vietnam suffers from werewolf syndrome

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A four-year-old girl in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang suffers from a rare condition which has caused hair to grow excessively on her face, neck, and parts of her body.

Le Thi Thuy Linh, daughter of Le Van Nam and Ngo Thi Ngoc Giau of Go Cong Tay District, had black patches on her cheeks and neck when she was born.

Hair gradually began to grow on them, while more black spots appeared on her stomach, back, arms, and legs.

As she grew older, the spots on the back grew larger.

When Linh was born, local doctors failed to explain her condition, merely advising her family to take her to the city for treatment.

But the family has been unable to afford such treatment.

A 12-year-old boy in the central province of Quang Binh, who has the same symptoms as Linh, was recently diagnosed with hypertrichosis, also known as the werewolf syndrome.

Identified only as Hoang, the boy was born with grey skin covered with hair.

More hair appeared and his skin grew darker over the years, and no treatment at local medical centers has proved effective.

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