Saturday, March 5, 2011

Thai Girl Sets World's Hairiest Child Record

Supatra "Nat" Sasuphan, the world's hairiest child.
CREDIT: guinnessworldrecords.com 
by Remy Melina


A young Thai girl with a rare genetic condition that causes her to have thick hair over most of her body has set a new Guinness World Record as the hairiest child.
Supatra "Nat" Sasuphan was born with hypertrichosis, which causes excessive hairiness and is sometimes referred to as "werewolf syndrome." The 11-year-old girl's father contacted Guinness World Record staff, requesting that they consider her for the title of hairiest child.
Guinness World Record judges evaluated Sasuphan's body hair using the Ferriman Gallwey method, which consists of measuring the amount of hair on nine different parts of the body – the upper lip, chin, chest, back, abdomen, arm, forearm, thigh, and lower leg.
After assessing Sasuphan, the judges crowned her with the world's hairiest child title on the GWR's Italian TV show, "Lo Show dei Record."
"Being hairy makes me special," Sasuphan told GWR. "This is the happiest day of my life!"


Source: Live Science
(http://www.livescience.com/13091-thai-girl-sets-world-hairiest-child-record.html)


VOCABULARY:
genetic - of or relating to or produced by or being a gene (responsible for eye, hair and skin color, height, curliness of hair, etc.)
hypertrichosis - a disorder which causes excessive hairiness and is sometimes referred to as "werewolf syndrome"


COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:
1. What is hypertrichosis?
2. What is Ferriman Gallwey method?


QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION:
1. Do you think that the girl has a normal life?
2. What if you had a daughter/son who has the same condition, will you consider him/her as normal?
3. Weird is beautiful. Do you agree?


Follow-up questions:
http://www.esldiscussions.com/g/genetic_engineering.html
http://www.esldiscussions.com/p/people.html
http://www.esldiscussions.com/h/hair.html

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