Meet the Sangli sisters, three Indian siblings suffering from hypertricosis universalis or the Werewolf Syndrome. Savita, 23, Monisha, 18, and 16-year-old Savitri are covered from head to foot in thick hair because of this rare genetic mutation. In fact, the Werewolf Syndrome is one of the rarest conditions in the world, affecting just one in a billion people.
The girl’s mother Anita Sambhaji Raut has six daughters in total with only three having werewolf syndrome. The condition was passed down by the girl’s father who Anita was forced to marry aged 12 not knowing he had the condition as she had never seen him till their wedding day.
Because of their rare condition, the sisters are outcasts in their village and live secluded and lonely lives. All three struggle to keep the condition under control with cream and hope they one day might eventually be able to pay for specialist laser treatment to rid them of their excessive hair. Despite the devastating effects of the syndrome, the siblings still dream of a day when they might get married.