By Basit Umer @LinedBasit
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Videographer: Shams Qari
Producer: Basit Umer, Ruby Coote
Editor: Sonia Estal
Lalit Patidar, aged 13 from Ratlam in the Central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, was born with Hypertrichosis, a condition more commonly known as Werewolf Syndrome.
This condition is characterised by abnormal hair growth on the face, arms and other parts of the body.
Lalit who studies in class VIII at a local government run school told Barcroft TV: “I was born with too much hair on my face and this makes me different.
“Sometimes I wish I was like other children, but I cannot do much about it.”
“I have got used to the way I am, and I am usually comfortable with myself.”
Lalit’s 42-year-old mum, Parvatibai Patidar is a busy housewife who manages the Patidar household, a family of 14 which includes Lalit’s five sisters.
Parvatibai told Barcroft TV: “In the first half an hour after Lalit was born, I was amazed to see his body covered in an extraordinary amount of hair.
“We immediately asked the local paediatrician to examine him who trimmed off his excess hair and said that there is no cure for this”.
“I have five daughters and we prayed at a lot of temples to have a son. Our prayers were answered when Lalit was born.
“He is different but still very special for me because he was born after many special prayers.”
Despite being used to his condition, Lalit often has bad days when, due to his excess hair, he faces difficulties with both his breathing and sight.
The family have sought out help for their son but but there is no known cure for the condition.
Lalit’s father, 45-year-old celery and garlic farmer, Bankatlal Patidar told Barcroft TV: “When Lalit was two years old, I took him to a big hospital in Baroda where a team of doctors examined him.
“After examining him, they told me that there is no cure for it but if they come across any cure, they will inform me.”
At school, Lalit is an above average student and is active in sports.
His headmaster, Babulal Makwana said: “Lalit has been my student for two years. He is a good in studies and excels in sports.”
“He is very popular in his class and everyone is fond of him”
He adds: “Initially when he came to my school, people were taken aback but now everyone is used to him and no one treats him differently.”
However, Lalit has received more hurtful treatment, especially when outside of his native village.
Lalit said: “Sometimes when I am out in a busy town, people come and stare at me. Some even call me monkey.
“There have been times when other kids throw stones at me and call me names.
“But my family and friends come to my rescue and defend me during such incidents.”
He said: "I sometimes wish to have some surgery to get rid of excess hair because I want to be friends with everyone. They shouldn't hesitate to play with me."
But despite his setbacks, Lalit is optimistic about his future and has ambitions of joining the police force.
He said: “I want to join the police and put all thieves and criminals in jail when I grow up.”
“I want to earn money as an honest policeman and with that I want to look after my mum and dad.”
“They have done a lot for me and I don’t want any complications for them when they grow old.”