The Snake Boy

Indonesian teenager, Ari Wibowo, has been nicknamed ‘Snake Boy’ due to a condition which leaves him shedding his skin every 2 days!

The 16 year old is forced to soak his body in water every hour and then cover himself in skin lotion to keep his skin from hardening which would leave him unable to move.

Doctors have diagnosed Ari with Erythroderma, or ‘red man syndrome’ but say they do not have the resources to treat his condition.

From the soles of his feet to the top of his head, Ari’s skin is scaly and if he does not soak and moisturise, his skin will ‘shrivel and harden like a sculpture.’

Ari has had trouble making friends and schools won’t allow him to enrol because they are afraid his condition is contagious. His family are determined to try to make his life as normal as possible, despite the judgement of the village.

It’s not only Ari that faces nasty comments though, his mother has been accused of torturing lizards whilst she was pregnant with Ari. This comes from an Indonesian superstition that says if a woman mistreats an animal during pregnancy her child will be born resembling that animal.

Article written by  D Mulhern



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Cookie Girl
Cookie Girl
6 years ago

yuck

HarbourMaster
HarbourMaster
6 years ago

Omg

Sophie
6 years ago

Yuck yuck that’s gross

Tanisha
Tanisha
6 years ago

I can’t believe it

adss
adss
6 years ago

Say what?

remark
remark
6 years ago

weird

bhb
bhb
6 years ago

that is very very unnatreule

bobex3
6 years ago

Am I dreaming??????????????.?…??…………

Hawk
6 years ago

Rlly? Snake Boy doesn’t make sense!

coco
coco
6 years ago

shedding his skin 🙁 🙁 🙁 so creepy
and sad

ethan
ethan
6 years ago

awesome but weird

McKenzie
McKenzie
6 years ago

Imagine how horrible that would be to have this condition. I don’t think its ok how people say its weird and yuck I think they need to think about how they would feel!

jac6
6 years ago

WOW

Neuer
6 years ago

That’s sad for him

Elsa9630
Elsa9630
5 years ago

I feel so sorry for him

wonjune
wonjune
4 years ago

yuck

Lizzy
Lizzy
4 years ago

That is so sad I would be his friend

illumanati comfirmed
4 years ago

sooooooo sad i would be his freind and the schools are cowards and i love lizards so yeah people r mean and werrt why does his mum kill lizards??!

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