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Boy, 9, gets transplant to restore hair

A NINE-YEAR-OLD boy had hair transplant surgery at a local hospital yesterday as doctors began to cover a part of his scalp that was hairless due to a congenital defect.

Healthy hair from a portion of his scalp was successfully transplanted to the abnormal center of his scalp, doctors said.

Because the boy also had other health problems, such as his skull not fused completely, doctors had to do three separate transplant surgeries.

The boy has an extremely rare condition that also includes his fingers and toes being a third shorter than average, but his intelligence and organs developed well, doctors said.

"It is the first time we have seen such a case as the boy's. So far there is no identified disease that can explain all his symptoms," said Dr Li Yufei of the plastic surgery department of Shanghai No. 455 Hospital of the People's Liberation Army. Li said that doctors in Japan, where the boy was born of Chinese parents, also failed to identify his disease.


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