by Tutu Akinlabi
A young girl in Thailand is said to be attracting thousands of tourists to her family’s home after she was born with half of her body like that of a snake’s.
8-year old-Mai Li Fay, from Bangkok, is suffering from a condition called ‘Serpentosis Malianorcis’ or ‘Jing Jing’s disease’, which, according to Dr. Ping Lao, a Thai expert, causes her to have a lower body similar to a reptile’s.
The girl’s family is said to be regularly besieged by religious tourists, mostly Buddhists and Hindu pilgrims, who believe that touching her will bring them good fortune.
According to reports:
Only a handful of such cases have been recorded throughout history, so the scientific knowledge accumulated about the pathology is rather limited and there is no cure in sight at the moment.
The Fay family have welcomed the situation brought by Mai Li’s situation with a mix of anguish and excitement, as the never ending lines of tourists and pilgrims have brought the formerly impoverished family some substantial revenue and given them an important raise in their social status but has also cost them their privacy and intimacy.
This story happened to have originated from a website known for publishing hoax stories. The snake girl abnormality therefore has a high probability to be false as you suspected all along.
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