HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
DHULIKHEL: Meet the out of ordinary Sundas family, whose lives have been blighted by ‘werewolf syndrome’. It cau-ses hair to sprout between their eyes, across their brows and the entire body.
Salikgram Sundas of Kusadevi, Kavre, has been worried as the disease made him difficult to face people in public all these years. But now fate seemed to pull the rug from under his feet after his six-month daughter inherited the same.
Salikgram said, “I am suffering from hypertrichosis since birth as unnecessary hair has grown in my whole body,” adding, “I am much worried as the same problem has now passed on to my small daughter.”
According to him, he could not treat the disease due to poverty. “When the entire family survives hand-to-mouth existence, how can I imagine of any treatment?” he asked.
In Salikgram’s case, the disease was inherited from his maternal grandfather.
However, both Salikgram and Goma are not only suffering from hair problem, but their jaws are also growing. He said, “Our jaws are also growing from the mouth which has made us embarrassing to face people in the community.”
Salikgram said he lost an opportunity for foreign employment due to this disease. He had travelled to Kathmandu’s Bir Hospital once, but returned in vain. The hospital demands Rs 30,000 and an eyewitness for his jaw treatment.
The brother-sister duo is waiting for some organisation or a philanthropist to come forward for their treatment or at least for the treatment of the six-month girl. “If my daughter could be cured, then she would not have to suffer.”