Chinese girl’s body covered by black spots and fur

Six-year-old Liu Jiangli was born with a coating of black fur on the left side of her face and across 60 per cent of the rest of her body.

She was just two when her mother walked out on her, shortly before her father abandoned her at nursery school.

The nursery made newspaper announcements to find the toddler's relatives, after her looks terrified the other children.

Months later, Jiangli was finally taken by Mr Liu Mingying, grandfather of one of her cousins. An employee of a repair shop in Guiyang had seen the ad by chance and had called Mr Liu to inform him.

Mr Liu says that he is worried little Jiangli will be bullied for her appearance.

Due to her condition, Jiangli has been unable to make friends.

If her odd appearance did not frightened fellow children to tears, other children would either run away or tease her for her peculiar looks, which earned her the less-than-friendly nickname of 'little monkey.'

According to the reporter, Jiangli was constantly seen scratching the black spots while photographs were being taken of her.

She told the reporter that the spots itch, but don't hurt. Playfully, she used a finger to count the spots, but upon counting to five, she said she didn't know how to count further.

'Werewolf syndrome'

'Werewolf syndrome'

The spots vary in sizes some as small as coins, to others as big as a fist.

The Mirror UK reported that Mr Liu worries that he will not be able to afford her education.

The maize farmer admitted that he initially did not feel comfortable about her condition, but now is at complete ease about it.

Jiangli has not been diagnosed yet, but some speculate she has hypertrichosis universalis, colloquially known as 'werewolf syndrome.' It is believed to be an extremely rare condition that affects one in a billion people.

Hyperthrichosis is a genetic mutation where cells that normally switch off hair growth in unusual areas are left switched on.

There is no cure for any congenital forms of hypertrichosis, although it can be reduced through normal hair removal techniques.

However, treatment may result in adverse effects such as scarring, dermatitis or hypersensitivity.

Additional information by YourHealth.

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