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Meet Supatra Sasuphan: World's Hairiest Girl

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

This is apparently one of those "strange, but true" stories that you either believe or don't believe. But there is reportedly an 11-year-old girl in Thailand who claims she was just named the world's hairiest girl by the folks at the Guinness World Records.

According to a report in the London tabloid the Daily Mail, the girl named Supatra Sasuphan is one of only 50 people in all of recorded history to be stricken with Ambras syndrome, which causes hair to grow on her face.

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She used to be teased "mercilessly" at school. But Supatra said her new distinction has put that in the past -- having a world record has made her among the most popular girls in school.

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"There were a few people who used to tease me and call me monkey face but they don't do it any more," she told the Mail. "I'm very happy to be in the Guinness World Records. A lot of people have to do a lot to get in. All I did was answer a few questions and then they gave it to me."

Supatra also has thick hair growing on her ears, arms, legs and back. The report said doctors tried laser treatments, but that failed to stop the growth.

"I'm very used to this condition," Supatra said. "I can't feel the hair as it has always been like this. I don't feel anything. It does sometimes make it difficult to see when it gets long. I hope I will be cured one day."

Even if that never happens, Supatra vows to lead a normal life, even hoping to be the one who provides the healing for others.

"I want to become a doctor so I can help patients when they get injured," she said. "I want to help people who get hurt and help cure people."

Photos from The Daily Mail.