Wednesday, April 24, 2013

A girl born with hair covering half her face finds new life

Bhawana Thami eats corn inside her home in the village of Dusikharka in Nepal. She suffered from a rare medical condition that covered half her face with hair. (Narendra Shrestha/EPA)  

Bhawana Thami, who lives in the village of Dusikharka in Nepal, suffered from a rare medical condition that covered half her face with hair. (Narendra Shrestha/EPA).

To many in the Nepali village of Dushikharka, Bhawana Thami was a “monster,” a “witch” because she looked different. When his daughter first saw a photo of herself, her father recalls, she was so scared she began to cry, according to Narendra Shrestha, whose remarkable photographs have now helped spread awareness about Bhawana’s condition.

Bhawana, 9, was born with a rare mole disease that left half of her face covered with hair and that, if left untreated, could have become cancerous. Her father, Kalu Man Thami, worried for his child’s self-esteem, would not allow her to look into a mirror.


For the rest of the story: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/04/23/nepali-girl-born-with-hair-in-her-face-finds-new-life/?wprss=rss_world

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