She’s previously been shunned by her classmates and taunted by names such as “Wolf Girl” and “Monkey Face,” but 11-year-old Supatra Sasuphan finally has a reason to celebrate.
The Thai youngster says she has become extremely popular at her school in Bangkok after reportedly being named the “World’s Hairiest Girl” by the Guinness World Record committee.
“I’m very happy to be in the Guinness World Records,” she told the Daily Mail. “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.”
Sasuphan is one of only 50 people known to have Ambras syndrome or hypertrichosis — a condition which makes hair grow all over the body including the face and neck — since the Middle Ages. Before appropriate research into the disease revealed Ambras to be caused by a faulty chromosome, sufferers were branded werewolves.
“There were a few people who used to tease me and call me monkey face but they don’t do it any more,” she says. “I’m very used to this condition. I can’t feel the hair as it has always been like this. I don’t feel anything.”
View video of Sasuphan, courtesy of the Sun, below:
Her nicknames may include ‘wolf girl’ and ‘monkey face’.
But 11-year-old Thai girl Supatra Sasuphan today insisted that she was after being officially recognised as the world’s hairiest girl.
Although the schoolgirl from Bangkok has faced merciless teasing at school, Supatra says being given a Guinness World Record for her hair has helped her become extremely popular.
‘I’m very happy to be in the Guinness World Records! A lot of people have to do a lot to get in,’ she said. ‘All I did was answer a few questions and then they gave it to me.’
Supatra is one of just 50 known sufferers of Ambras Syndrome – caused by a faulty chromosome – to be documented since the Middle Ages. Before the disease was understood, sufferers were branded ‘werewolves.’
She has thick hair growing over her face, ears, arms, legs and back. Even laser treatment has failed to stop the hair growth.
But while most sufferers have been shunned, Supatra has gradually been embraced by her community, and became a popular and outgoing child.
They don’t tease me anymore: doctors tried to remove Supatra’s hair with laser treatment but it quickly grew back
She said: ‘There were a few people who used to tease me and call me monkey face but they don’t do it any more.
‘I’m very used to this condition. 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.’
In other ways Supatra is the same as other children her age – she loves swimming, dancing to her favourite music and playing with friends.
But more than anything, Supatra loves perching in front of the TV at her tiny one-bedroom family home in Pranakom, on the outskirts of Bangkok, to watch cartoons.
She said: ‘I like to watch anything on TV, whatever is, I like having it on. I like to watch Bugs Bunny.’
The bubbly little girl is also determined not to let her condition prevent her from leading a normal life.
She said: ‘I like to study maths so I can be good at it and teach it to younger children so they can do it too.
‘I want to become a doctor so I can help patients when they get injured.
‘I want to help people who get hurt and help cure people.’
But Supatra’s future didn’t always look so promising. When she was first born she had to undergo two operations just to breathe.
Her father Sammrueng, 38, said: ‘We found out Supatra’s condition when she was born – we did not know before.
‘She was not very healthy because her nostrils were only one millimetre wide. For the first three months she was kept in an incubator to help her breathe.She was in the hospital for a total of ten months. We were very worried about her.’
Supatra has another operation when she was two-years-old and can now breathe normally.
But when Sammrueng and his wife Somphon, 38, brought Supatra home to live with them and their other daughter Sukanya, now 15, they faced more problems.
‘When neighbours first saw Nat they asked what kind of sin I had done. I was very worried about what she would be when she grew up because of other children teasing her,’ he said.
But Supatra’s sweet nature quickly won over people in her community.
Sammrueng, a jewellery maker, said: ‘She gets along with others really well and is very generous. She has a lot of friends.
‘She is just the same as any other little girl her age.
‘But her teeth grow slowly and she can’t see very well.”
Doctors tried to remove the hair with laser treatment when she was two-years-old but despite numerous sessions it kept growing back as thickly as before.
Supatra’s hair has got increasingly thicker as she has grown up so her mother has to cut it back regularly for her.
She uses baby shampoo to wash her hair as she is allergic to stronger brands.
Sammrueng said: ‘I still hope one day she will be cured. We will do anything we can if it will help her.’
A Zodiacal Skyscape
Venus and Jupiter are this month’s two brightest planets. Shortly after sunset on February 20, they dominate the sky above the western horizon and this snowy landscape. In clear and transparent skies over Cherry Springs State Park, Pennsylvania, USA, they are also seen immersed in Zodiacal light. The extended, diffuse, triangular glow is sunlight scattered by dust along the plane of the ecliptic. Brighter near the horizon, the Zodiacal glow angles upward, first to Venus and then to Jupiter hugging the eclipticas they orbit the Sun. Fading even further, the glow stretches toward the lovely Pleides star cluster near the top of the frame. Following their appearance in this Zodiacal skyscape, the coming days will see Venus and Jupiter sharing the early evening sky with a young crescent Moon. The two bright planets are even headed for a close pairing or conjunction, separated by about 3 degrees on March 13.
This will include the stay at home dads too, I suppose. Homemaker,housewives,home engineer,home economist by whatever name you call it. Each of us , one way or another can relate. They’ll be other job or work besides those mentioned below.
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How Much Is A Homemaker Worth?
The life of a homemaker is one that includes an endless amount of demands and to-dos. Depending on the size of the home and family, the position of homemaker
Private Chefcan go well beyond the usual nine to five. We examined some of the tasks that a homemaker might do to find out how much his or her services would net as individual professional careers. We only take into consideration tasks which have monetary values and use the lowest value for each calculation.
Meal preparation is one of the major tasks of most homemakers. From breakfast to dinner, there is plenty of meal planning and cooking to be done. The American Personal Chef Association reports that its personal chefs make $200 to $500 a day. Grocery shopping is another chore that needs to be factored in. A homemaker must drive to the supermarket, purchase the food and deliver it to the home. Grocery delivery services charge a delivery fee of $5 to $10.
Total cost for services: $1,005 per five day work week x 52 weeks = $52,260 per year.
A clean and tidy home is the foundation of an efficient household. Typical cleaning duties include vacuuming, dusting, sweeping, scrubbing sinks as well as loading the dishwasher and making beds. Professional maids or house cleaning service providers will charge by the hour, number of rooms or square footage of the home. For example, bi-weekly cleaning of a 900-square-foot, two-bedroom apartment with five rooms, costs $59-$124 . A 1,300 square-foot, single-story home with seven rooms runs $79-$150 . A 2,200 two-story, three-bedroom home with nine rooms averages $104-$180 . Additional tasks such as oven or refrigerator cleaning and dusting mini blinds can run an extra $20-$25.
Total cost for services: $118 per week X 52 Weeks = $6,136 per year.
Homemakers provide full-time, live-in child care. This type of service from a professional provider would usually come with a host of perks including health insurance, paid vacation and sick days, federal holidays off, dental and vision coverage, and bonuses. The International Nanny Association’s 2011 survey found that nannies make $600 to $950 per week in gross wages, on average.
Total cost for services: $600 a week plus perks/benefits x 52 Weeks = $31,200 per year
A private car service might seem like a high-end luxury to most, but the beneficiaries of a homemaker get this service on a daily basis. Companies like Red Cap, which provides personal drivers that use the client’s own car as the means of transportation, offer a glimpse into the cost of this homemaker task. An elite membership which includes 365 days of unlimited, round-trip service is $1,000 a year plus 33 cents – $2.03 per minute.
Total cost for services: $1,000 per year + [(estimated miles driven 8000 miles / 50 MPH) x 60 min/hr x $0.33 per minute] = $4,168 total per year.
Clean clothes come at a cost when you have to pay for the service that most homemakers do for free. Professional laundry services charge by the pound. For instance, Susie’s Suds Home Laundry Service, Inc. in Texas charges 90 cents to $1.00 a pound to wash, dry, fold, hang and steam your clothes. Items that take longer to dry such as comforters, blankets, rugs and winter clothes are assessed at a price of $12-$15 each.
Total cost for services: $0.90 per pound x 4 pounds of clothes per day x 5 days per weeks x 52 weeks = $936 total per year.
Basic maintenance of the exterior property is a less common, but possible duty of a homemaker. This could include things such as mowing, debris removal, edging and trimming the lawn. These services cost about $30 a week on average.
Total cost for services: $30 per week x 52 weeks = $1,560 total per year
The Bottom Line
Total for a year of all services is: $52,260 + $6,137 + $31,200 + $4,168 + $936 + $1,560 = $96,261 per year.
The daily work of a homemaker can sometimes be taken for granted by his or her family members. However, these services could earn a homemaker a considerable wage if he or she took those skills to the marketplace. Homemakers in general contribute a lot more to the home in addition to these tasks, and no amount of money can fill those needs.