Borneo: A two-year-old girl who was born with excessive hair growth all around her face and body has been dubbed a “child from heaven” by Malaysia’s royalty.
Adik’s parents, Roland Jimbai, 47, and Theresa Guntin, 28, waited to meet Sultan Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah and his consort Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah in Bintulu, Borneo on September 11.
Adik’s excessive hair growth is due to a rare condition called ‘werewolf syndrome’. The baby girl was born without nostrils.
Less than 100 cases of werewolf syndrome, scientifically known as congenital generalised hypertrichosis (CGH), have been recorded since the Middle Ages.
A child from heaven
The royal couple said that Adik is a “anak syurga”, which means “a child from heaven”.
“It was worth the wait when Sultan Abdullah, Tunku Azizah and their children met up with our family and took pictures with Missclyen,” the little girl’s father was quoted as saying by LADbible.
Werewolf syndrome baby
“I am incredibly happy that we had the chance to meet the King and Queen. I am still at a loss for words. The King told me to take care of Missclyenas she is God’s blessing,” Jimbai said.
The father added, “I hope to meet the royal couple again if possible.”
He further said that some people have referred to Adik as an “animal child”.
“Initially, we were really hurt and felt stressed. We felt upset and began avoiding bringing her to public places, except for hospital follow-ups. We were so afraid of what people were going to say,” he said.
Fortunately, Adik’s rare condition has not affected her health.
There is no cure for hypertrichosis.
People with werewolf syndrome keep the excessive hair growth at bay by bleaching, trimming, shaving, waxing, lasers and other hair removal methods.