Published: 28 Feb 2011
LITTLE Supatra Sasuphan is celebrating after being named the World's Hairiest Girl. The 11-year-old, from Thailand, used to be teased about her looks and was often reduced to tears by jibes including 'wolf girl' and 'monkey face'.
Even when she was brought home from the hospital neighbours asked her parents what SIN they had committed to end up with such a hairy child.
But now Supatra, who has thick hair growing all over her face, ears, arms, legs, is delighted after her new found fame has helped her become one of the most popular girls in school.
Supatra's title was confirmed after a quick grilling from Guinness World Record executives.
She said: "A lot of people have to do a lot to get in.
"All I did was answer a few questions and then they gave it to me."
Supatra, nicknamed Nat, is one of only 50 documented cases of Ambras Syndrome since the Middle Ages.
Before the disease was understood, sufferers were branded 'werewolves' but the condition is actually caused by a faulty chromosome.
She has attempted to remove the hair in the past with lasers but the treatment proved unsuccessful and it just kept growing back.
Supatra said: "There were a few people who used to tease me and call me monkey face but they don't do it any more.
"I'm very used to this condition. I can't feel the hair as it has always been like this. I don't feel anything.
"It does sometimes make it difficult to see when it gets long.
"I hope I will be cured one day."
When she was born she needed two operations just to be able to breathe.
Dad Sammrueng, 38, said: "She was not very healthy because her nostrils were only one millimetre wide.
"For the first three months she was kept in an incubator to help her breathe.
"She then had an operation to expand the nostrils by one and a half millimetres."