Monkey Girl and The Curse of Thick Black Body Hair

Posted on August 18, 2010

Cian Cian is a five-year-old girl who lives with her grandparents in Chongqing, China since her parents divorced. Her life cannot be normal as she suffers from a condition known as Hypertrichosis, which is marked by a dense growth of hair all over the body.

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Dubbed cruelly as Monkey Girl, the poor child’s face and body are always covered in thick black hair, which her guardians regularly shave to remove.

Doctors do not know much about this bizarre aberration of nature because the condition is extremely rare and affects one-in-a billion births. Physicians at Tongliang People’s Hospital, where Cian Cian was recently treated after suffering an epileptic fit, are at a loss as to treatment.

“There is nothing like this in her family going back three generations so it doesn’t appear to be genetic,” Doctor Chu Hongbo.

Scientists believe that a genetic defect, which profoundly affects the hair growth cycle, is responsible for this rare disease. The hair follicles run amok and cannot switch from growth to a dormant state.

Further, the “curse of the hair” is a mutation that may have been caused by the awakening of a primeval gene that was naturally lost during the course of human evolution.

Known as atavisms, doctors and biologists have witnessed these odd phenomena in nature in different ways. In rare instances, for example, children are born with a tail or additional nipples, which are identical to the rows of nipples normally found on mammals.

It is known that both men and women affected by the mutation pass on the defective gene to 50 percent of their offspring. The line ends in family members who are born with normal hair growth.

Cian Cian’s grandparents can no longer expose their grandchild to the public because of the way she is treated even by the other children at the kindergarten in their village.

“Even at kindergarten each morning, people look at her and ask me why she is so hairy. Questions like that make me feel very bad,” said her grandmother.

“I want to be a scientist when I grow up so I can find out what’s wrong with me,” says the very brave little Cian Cian whose personal burden is too much for any adult let alone a child to bear.

Hence, the terrible price paid for being born different.

What do YOU think about this?

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MDeeDubroff

M Dee Dubroff is the penname of this freelance writer and former teacher originally from Brooklyn, New York. A writer of ghostly and horror fiction, she has branched out into the world of humorous non fiction writing and maintains eight web sites covering a wide variety of topics. She also writes feature articles for several local newspapers. Her book entitled: A Taste of Funny, and her website, Eat, Drink And Really Be Merry (http://www.ingestandimbibe.com) feature many well researched and humorous articles on the subject of food and drink.
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9 comments
PuterPrsn
PuterPrsn

Easy fix, albeit long - laser hair removal kills the roots of the hair permanently. If they start now, it should be finished by the time she reaches teen age.

creamsodabob
creamsodabob

its a trolling question to try and get feedbacks or some gay ish like that

Jan
Jan

And I don't see the problem with the question at the end of each article. Think of it as a signature. Why are we focusing on that anyway? :S

Jan
Jan

Was her epileptic fit linked to this condition? If not, then I don't see any health concerns and this is merely a social burden. Personally I'd rather have that then something that's physically tormenting me. Can't they just keep shaving?

TingL
TingL

I concur. At the least, try to rephrase the question to add some variety.

anon
anon

i agree with killergabo... stop adding that phrase at the end of every article!

killergabo
killergabo

i think you should stop asking us what i think or feel, it's starting to get annoying.....

Jinah
Jinah

lol. Omg, Ive been thinking the samething since Ive discovered this site. Anyhow, bless you child.

chamomile
chamomile

It's the author's style. It's not like they're forcing you to comment. Or to think for that matter.