Monday, 26. January 2015
21. 07. 14. - 16:00
A six-year-old girl dubbed "catgirl" has baffled medics after a soft black fur started to spread over her body.
Her horrified mother abandoned her husband and then 5-year-old Zhao Xinrui, from the village Changshan near Luzhou City in southwest China's Sichuan province, when she realised that her daughter had the baffling skin condition. According to her family it started over a year ago with a small patch of discoloured skin on her back.
Her grandmother Zhao Henghui said: "Doctors told us it was just a birthmark even when it started spreading – but now it covers half her body."
In order to make sure she was accepted in the local kindergarten teachers told the other children that it was just a mole that the girl had and she keeps most of her body covered.
But now she urgently needs treatment because the hairy hide covers her entire back and is starting to grow on her arms and face.
"The poor girl - it breaks our hearts to see her suffer like this," said her dad Zhao Lai, 45. He said his wife had abandoned him and his daughter and that he was trying to look after her together with his parents. The three of them had been trying to raise money to pay for treatment. He said: "We were told that she couldn't have any operation anyway until she got to about five. But now she's old enough we don't have the money. Despite the fact that we saved ever since we heard she would need it.
In an interview with local TV the youngster said that her biggest ambition was to be cured so that she could wear summer clothes and even a swimming costume like her pals.
Once the media coverage was made public some donations came in and it is now hoped that the girl will be able to get proper treatment. She has already been sent to the provincial capital Chengdu for medical treatments and the plan is to carry out an operation to try and replace the hairy skin with healthy skin from other parts of the girl's body.
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