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Girl Is Treated for Werewolf Syndrome

August 28, 1996|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A toddler with a rare condition that makes her face hairy like a werewolf's began a series of operations aimed at improving her appearance and, more important, keeping her safe from cancer. Round one was pronounced a success. Abys DeJesus, 2, of Puerto Rico, faced a life of isolation, as well as the possibility of an early death from her condition, known as congenital hairy nevus but once described as "human werewolf syndrome." "The operation should improve her appearance 500%," said Dr. Adrian Lo of St. Christopher's Hospital in Philadelphia.

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