Bangladeshi “Tree Man” with rare skin disease to undergo surgery

Abul Bajandar

A Bangladeshi man dubbed the “Tree Man” for huge bark-like warts on his hands and feet will be undergoing surgery to remove the unusual growths, a hospital has said.

Abul Bajandar, from the southern district of Khulna, was undergoing preparations for the surgery to cut out the growths weighing at least 5kg (11lb) that have covered his hands and feet.

“Initially, I thought that they’re harmless,” the 26-year-old told AFP at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital. But slowly I lost all my ability to work. There are now dozens of two-to-three-inch roots in both my hands. And there are some small ones in my legs,” said Bajandar who was forced to quit as a rikshaw driver.

A team of doctors will perform the operation at DMCH, Bangladesh’s largest state-run hospital, which has decided to waive the costs of the treatment. Tests are under way to ensure Bajandar’s warts can be removed surgically without damaging major nerves or causing any other health problems. If you have been conscious about warts that you may have on your body, it may be worth checking out sites like, so you can see what the possibilities are when it comes to getting it removed or reduced.

The warts, which first started appearing 10 years ago but began spreading rapidly in 2012, have been diagnosed as epidermodysplasia verruciformis, an extremely rare genetic skin disease that makes the person susceptible to skin growths. While most skin warts can be dealt with by simply taking advice from a website like, these rules don’t tend to apply when you’ve got actual trees growing from your skin.

“Popularly it is known as tree-man disease,” the DMCH director, Samanta Lal Sen, told AFP. “As far as we know there are three such cases in the world including Abul Bajandar. It is the first time we have found such a rare case in Bangladesh,” he said.

Bajandar’s elder sister, Adhuri Bibi, said hundreds of people have visited their home in Khulna over the years to see him. “Even here at the hospital, hundreds have already gathered,” she told AFP.

Bajandar said he tried cutting the warts when they first appeared, but it was extremely painful. “After that I went to a village homeopath and herbal specialist. But those medicines only worsened my condition.”

He also consulted doctors in neighbouring India, but he and his family could not afford the cost of an operation there.

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