'Wolf Child' Named Hairiest Girl

Spot in 'Guinness Book of World Records' boosts her popularity
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Mar 2, 2011 1:00 AM CST
Suptara poses with her sister, 15-year-old Sukanya, hdad Sammrueng and mother Supatr.   (bmamba138)
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(Newser) – An 11-year-old Thai girl called "wolf child" by some of her cruel classmates has been named the world's hairiest girl by the Guinness Book of World Records (makes you wonder if there could possibly be a hairier boy out there)—and she's delighted about it. A spot in the list has turned her into a bit of a celebrity who's suddenly far more popular at her school. "I'm very happy to be in the Guinness World Records. All I did was answer a few questions and they gave it to me," explained Supatra Sasuphan, one of just 50 people in the world known to suffer from Ambras syndrome, which causes excessive hair growth over the face and body.

"There were a few people who used to tease me and call me monkey face but they don't do it any more," she said. Her hair "does sometimes make it difficult to see when it gets long," she added. Doctors have tried to stop the hair growth with laser treatments, but it quickly grows back. When her mother first brought newborn Supatra home, a neighbor asked what kind of sin the mom had committed to have such a child. Her parents feared other such painful responses to their unusual daughter, but Supatra's sweet nature has won over people, reports the Daily Mail. "I still hope one day she will be cured," said her mom. "We will do anything we can if it will help her."

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