This Eight-year-old Snakegirl Mai Li Fay from Bangkok, Thailand, suffers from a rare syndrome known as the Serpentosis Malianorcis or Jing Jing's disease.
Snakegirl Attracts Crowds of Pilgrims and Tourists
Bangkok| 8 year old Mai Li Fay, from Bangkok, is far from living the usual life of a girl her age. Everyday, thousands of people gather to the front of her family’s house to get a chance of seeing and possibly touching the young girl, a gesture which both buddhists and hindu pilgrims seem to perceive as a garantee of good fortune.
According to the country’s top medical expert, Dr Ping Lao, the young girl suffers a very rare syndrome known as the Serpentosis Malianorcis or Jing Jing’s disease, which gives her lower body a distinct reptilian form and aspect. 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 badly impoverished family some substantial revenues and given them an important raise in their social status but cost them there privacy and intimacy.
Hoax or Fact:
The picture circulating a lot on social media websites supposedly shows a young 'Snakegirl' from Thailand who has the lower body of a Snake. It is said that the 8 year old girl Mai Li Fay suffers from a rare syndrome known as Serpentosis Malianorcis or Jing Jing's disease. It is also said that she has become a major attraction in Bangkok, as thousands of people gather at her house to get a chance of seeing and possibly touching the young Snakegirl. The claims are not facts.
The story about this Thailand Snakegirl Mai Li Fay originated from an article in World News Daily Report that was published on 6 January 2014.
About the Article
The article in World News Daily Report says that the Snakegirl Mai Li Fay suffers from a rare disease called Serpentosis Malianorcis or Jing Jing. However, no such disease exists in medical dictionary. The website is basically satirical in nature, and actually publishes many fabricated, hoax stories like 'Rare Specimen of Duckhorse Sighted During Safari' and 'Man Accused of Stealing Roads Finally Arrested'.
About the Picture
The photo of Thailand Snakegirl that comes with the story is not new; it has been around since at least 2011 - and is also fabricated. The picture appeared in few Chinese websites as 'head snake monster beauty' (translated), and also in number of “Photoshop fails” like this one.
To conclude, the picture claiming to show a Snakegirl from Thailand is photoshopped, and the story originated from a satirical website World News Daily Report; the story is therefore a hoax. Note that this picture of Snakegirl and the associated story is also used in rogue Facebook apps and videos, so users are warned not to click such links.
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