Pruthviraj Patil, 11, is said to be suffering from a rare genetic disorder known as hypertrichosis – or “werewolf syndrome” – which causes a thick coat of hair to grow over every inch of his body except his palms and feet.

Pruthviraj plight get the attention of NY Post, was born in a village near Mumbai, his mother was told she had given birth to a god, but in school, there have been more bullies than believers.

An episode of the TLC series “My Shocking Story” chronicled the efforts of a group of Columbia scientists, including dermatologist Angela Christiano, to develop a cure for Pruthviraj’s disorder, which is estimated to afflict fewer than 50 people on the planet.

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