Indonesian werewolf boy rejects medical treatment as he believes condition is blessing from God
An Indonesian teen covered head to toe in thick black hair is rejecting medical treatment because he believes it is a blessing from God.
Muhammad Raihan, 13, is revered as a Hindu God by villagers because he is covered in hair – up to three inches long – caused from rare genetic condition Werewolf Syndrome.
The student whose hands, legs, back and stomach is all covered in hair, also faces name-calling from some peers who liken him to Hindu monkey god Hanuman.
But the devout Muslim, who lives with his widowed mum and four siblings in Mamburung village in North Kalimantan, is unfazed with the name-calling and considers himself to be God’s special child.
Raihan said: “I am not bothered with such attention – some people laugh at me, others just come to me for a blessing.
“Sometime people would flock to my house from far-off villages to just have a glimpse of me.
“They think I am a god or have special powers, but this attention is okay because I know I look different.”
Raihan’s mum Pardan, who lost her farmer husband Muslihah 10 months ago, has taken him to several doctors but she stopped medication after they told her that his hair would only grow longer and thicker with age.
Pardan, 45, said: “He had more hair on his body than my elder son but I was not worried as every child is different.
“However my concern grew when the hair grew longer and thicker.”
“His father and I were worried about the excessive hair growth and took him to several doctors but none could treat him.
“Some did offer laser surgery but it was beyond our financial capacity so we stopped.”
Pardan has instead instilled confidence and faith in God in Raihan.
She says: “He is a gift of God and we believe his appearance is the will of Allah.
“I have taught him to never complain about his condition but instead accept it with grace.”
And for Raihan, who shares a room with his unaffected siblings, he feels blessed to have a distinct appearance and wishes to serve as a mosque cleric in thanks.
“I am blessed by God and this makes me happy. I am his favourite child and want to serve him my whole life.
“I don’t want any medical treatment because I’m happy this way.”