Chinese Baby Has A Furry Back Due To Rare Disease (Photo)

| by Sheena Vasani
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A 1-year-old boy in China has patches of "fur" and moles growing on his body due to Giant Congenital Nevus, a skin disease affecting only one in 2 million newborn babies. 

The $150,000 worth of medical bills meant his parents -- a waitress and construction worker -- were nearly forced to give him up to an orphanage, the Daily Mail reports.

Family and friends helped them out; however, the parents already spent their entire savings so the child could receive medical treatment. 

The couple noticed dark hairy moles on the child's face, neck, hands, back and buttocks when he was born, which eventually started to grow fur.

When they took the child to see a doctor, they were then told the boy was suffering from the rare disease, also known as Congenital Melanocytic Nevus. They were told if they didn't treat him, the illness could turn into cancer.

Indeed, the larger the moles on the child, the more they are at risk of getting malignant melanoma -- the most fatal form of skin cancer.

The moles and tumors can grow on the brain as well, which can stop development and even be deadly.

According to Nevus Outreach, there is no way to prevent this condition and it can "appear in either sex, in all races, and on any areas of the skin."

"We frequently hear from new parents wondering what they must have done to cause their baby to be born with a large nevus," the association's website reads. "It is important to realize that nothing you did caused your child to be born with a nevus. Large or Giant Congenital Melanocytic Nevus are not hereditary, meaning you did not 'pass it on' to your child.

"Additionally, we know of no cases where alcohol, drugs, diet, illness, injury or any other external factor for a parent can be linked to the formation of a large nevus in their child."

Sources: The Daily Mail, Nevus Outreach / Photo credit: Newsflare via The Daily Mail