Bangladesh “tree man” cured after surgery

Abul Bajandar

Doctors believe that a Bangladeshi man who had an extremely rare skin condition involving “tree like” growths from his hands and feet has been cured.

Abul Bajandar was dubbed the “tree man” because of the large, wood-like warts on his body. The warts are caused by a genetic condition called epidermodysplasia verruciformis (EV).

Doctors at Dhaka Medical College Hospital have removed 11 pounds of growths from Bajandar since they began treating his condition a year ago.

They believe if the warts do not grow back, Bajandar will be the first person ever to recover from the genetic disease.

“I never thought I would ever be able to hold my kid with my hands,” Bajandar told AFP news agency. “Now I feel so much better. I can hold my daughter in my lap and play with her. I can’t wait to go back home.”

He has been receiving free treatment at Dhaka Medical College Hospital since his condition came to the attention of doctors a year ago.

Plastic surgery coordinator Samanta Lal Sen described Bajandar’s recovery as “a remarkable milestone in the history of medical science” and added that his hands and feet were “almost fine.”

“We operated on him at least 16 times to remove the warts. The hands and feet are now almost fine. He will be discharged within next 30 days after a couple of minor surgeries to perfect the shape of his hands,” Sen said.

Bajandar received donations from people around the world when his story went viral and told AFP that he plans to set up a small business when he finally gets out of hospital.

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