- The Bangladeshi known as the ‘Tree Man’ has undergone 16 surgeries to remove the bark-like growths on his hands and feet
- A hospital in Dhaka agreed to perform the operations for free since February last year
- He is expected to leave the hospital within 30 days after the groundbreaking operations
Abul Bajandar from Bangladesh, has finally regained use of his hands and feet; this after undergoing 16 operations to remove the massive bark-like growth due to a very rare condition he has been suffering from for years.
Bajandar, known as the “Tree Man” from the remote village in southern district of Khulna, had to undergo a series of surgeries since February last year to remove the warts from his hands which has grown into tree-like sprouts.
The 27-year-old former rickshaw driver has been diagnosed with the disease called epidermodysplasia verruciformis; an extremely rare genetic condition “caused by defect in the immune system which increases one’s susceptibility to HPV, or human papilloma virus”.
Bajandar first noticed his lesions when he was 10 years old but dismissed them as ordinary warts. However, the lesions multiplied rapidly when he was in his 20’s and has eventually covered his hands and feet.
After he got married to his wife several years ago, Bajandar could no longer write or eat using his hands. He could not even hold his three-year-old daughter’s hands.
Bajandar’s rare condition drew worldwide attention. A hospital in Dhaka agreed to treat his disease for free.
According to Samanta Lal Sen, a plastic surgeon at Dhaka Medical College hospital where the patient is currently confined, Bajandar’s hands and feet are almost free and recuperating now following the operations.
“Bajandar’s cure was a remarkable milestone in the history of medical science,” said Dr. Sen. “He will be discharged within the next 30 days after a couple of minor surgeries to perfect the shape of his hands.”
Grateful at his new-found life, Bajandar said he plans to start a small business using money he received from kindhearted donors around the world.
“I never thought I would ever be able to hold my kid with my hands. 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 told The Guardian.
Bajandar is believed to be the first person to be cured of the rare disease; hoping that the lesions will no longer grow back.
Bajandar’s interview before his surgery: