Malaysia’s Queen has said that she wants to ‘adopt’ a two-year-old girl suffering from a rare condition that causes excessive hair to grow on her body and face.
Malaysian Queen Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah, 63, called the girl a “child from heaven” when she met her in September.
And now she has reportedly said that she wants to pay for Missclyen Roland’s school expenses and medical treatment.
Local media have reported that she sent a letter to the child’s parents dated 10th October saying “I hope that this assistance will alleviate the burden on Missclyen’s father in providing care and raising her.”
Theresa Guntin, 29, the child’s mother, shared the letter on social media and said that the offer was “a big honour”.
She also had a message for her daughter, saying: “You are so lucky, we have everything will go well.”
Her husband Roland Jimbai, 49, reportedly said he cried after reading the letter.
He said: “I did not expect that our brief meeting that day attracted the attention of Her Majesty to the extent of taking Missclyen as her adopted child.”
The dad of four also said: “This means our little Missclyen is a princess. And we will call her princess Missclyen.”
Little Missclyen suffers from congenital generalised hypertrichosis, which is a rare disease that causes excessive hair growth all over her body.
It is sometimes called ‘werewolf syndrome’.
Missclyen was also born without nostrils.
Roland, who is a welder, said: “My family has experienced social stigma in the past because of Missclyen’s looks and condition. However, starting from today and as she grows up, she will always be respected because the Queen is adopting her.”
The young girl and her family had the chance to meet Malaysia’s monarchs when the Sultan and his queen visited her hometown of Bintulu while touring the island of Borneo on 11th September.
They had waited five hours to meet the Royal couple, according to local media.
Sultan Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah and his consort Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah walked up to greet the little girl.
In a heartfelt gesture, the royal couple referred to the child as “anak syurga,” which translates to “a child from heaven.”
Sultan Abdullah expressed words of encouragement to Roland before he and the Queen stopped to pose for pictures with the family.
Roland told local media: “It was worth the wait when Sultan Abdullah, Tunku Azizah and their children met up with our family and took pictures with Missclyen.
“I am incredibly happy that we had the chance to meet the King and Queen. I am still at a loss for words.
“The King told me to take care of Missclyen as she is God’s blessing.”
Roland said people often give his youngest daughter Missclyen strange looks.
Some have even called her “animal child”, the father claimed.
He said: “Initially, we were really hurt and felt stressed.
“We felt upset and began avoiding bringing her to public places, except for hospital follow-ups.
“We were so afraid of what people were going to say.”