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Mother Of Boy With "Elephant Man" Disease Reveals Her Son Feels Isolated

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Being a kid is tough enough, but when you're born with a condition that makes you look different from everyone else it can be a real nightmare.

Children don't know any better, but they can be pretty mean to anyone "different." Koren Jeffcoate has learned that the hard way.

The 8-year-old from Anglesey, Wales was born with neurofibromatosis, which causes benign tumors to grow under his skin. But as Koren's mother Rhian reveals, the worst part of his condition is the way people treat him.

Koren has the same condition as Joseph Merrick, the famous "Elephant Man" who inspired the classic film.

His tumors - including one in his stomach and another over his eye - will continue to grow throughout his life, but apart from a few minor symptoms he's totally fine.

But that hasn't stopped other children and even strangers on the street from staring at him, insulting him or ignoring him.

Now, Koren's mother is trying to raise awareness about his disease (which is actually more common than Cystic Fibrosis) and sharing an important message about how Koren is treated.

Click the next page to hear what she has to say!

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