Hair to the throne.
A 2-year-old girl, whose rare affliction caused her body to be covered in hair, melted hearts after she met Malaysia’s monarchs — who dubbed her “the child from heaven.”
“I am still at a loss for words,” the tot’s father Roland Jimbai, 47, told Newsflash of the royal rendezvous, which occurred September 11 in Bintulu, Borneo.
His tot, named Adik Missclyen, suffers from a congenital strain of hypertrichosis, a condition the National Library of Medicine defines as “excessive hair growth anywhere on the body.”
Also known as “werewolf syndrome,” hypertrichosis is extremely rare, with fewer than 100 recorded cases since the Middle Ages. Little Adik was also born without nostrils.
However, the hirsute child’s affliction didn’t prevent her from hobnobbing with the Southeast Asian nation’s rulers.
The preternaturally tufty tyke and her parents, Jimbai and Theresa Guntin, 28, were among many lined up to see Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah and his consort, Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah.
However, the standard meet and greet took a turn after the king and his queen stopped to pose for pics with Adik and her family.
“It was worth the wait when Sultan Abdullah, Tunku Azizah and their children met up with our family and took pictures with Missclyen,” Jimbai gushed. “I am incredibly happy that we had the chance to meet the King and Queen.”
If that weren’t a big enough honor, the proud father said they dubbed little Adik “anak syurga,” which translates to “a child from heaven.”
“The King told me to take care of Missclyen as she is God’s blessing,” said Jimbai, who hopes his family can meet the “royal couple again if possible.”
This celebrity photo op was a far cry from how little Adik is usually treated, per her father.
He claimed that strangers frequently give his child strange looks, while trolls even call her “animal child.”
“Initially, we were really hurt and felt stressed,” Jimbai lamented. “We felt upset and began avoiding bringing her to public places, except for hospital follow-ups.”
He added, “We were so afraid of what people were going to say.”
Thankfully, little Adik’s “Wolfman”-evoking malady doesn’t affect her health, although the fam takes her for regular check-ups just to make sure.
As yet, there is no cure for hypertrichosis. Sufferers simply try and keep the perennial mane at bay via bleaching, trimming, shaving, waxing, lasers and other hair removal methods.
This isn’t the first high-profile case of hypertrichosis, which can either be present at birth or crop up during adulthood.
The condition famously afflicted several circus “freaks” in the 19th and early 20th centuries, most notably Julia Pastrana, a Mexican performer known as the “bear lady” on the carnival circuit due to her heavily forested face.
In a more recent example, several years ago children in Spain sprouted hair all over their bodies after they were accidentally administered a hair loss drug for their indigestion.
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