26-year-old Abdul Bajandar from southern Bangladesh suffers from epidermodysplasia verruciformis, a condition so rare there are only three known cases in the world. The condition is dubbed ‘Tree Man’ because sufferers grow bark-like warts on their appendages. He successfully underwent surgery to remove the warts that first started to appear ten years ago from one of his hands.
‘I have fought for 10 years and endured the pain,’ I want to live like a normal person. I just want to be able to hold my daughter properly and hug her. It would be nice to eat with my own hands as well’ Mr Bajandar said before the operation
It took a team of nine doctors at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital, to remove the growths from just one of his hands.
Facility director Samanta Lal Sen said:
‘It was a successful operation. We removed warts from all five fingers of his right hand. He’s now happy and was laughing,’
‘We’ll now review his condition for the next three weeks before deciding whether to conduct more operations. It’s a big challenge.’
Bajandar’s condition made him a celebrity of sorts with people travelling from all over to see the ‘Tree Man’ and many more visiting him in hospital.
He was given the all-clear for surgery after tests confirmed the warts were not cancerous.
The Bangladesh government agreed to bear the costs of his treatment and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was given an update on his condition, Sen said.
Bajandar’s wife Halima Khatun saw her husband after the operation and said he looked ‘relaxed and happy’.
Mr Bajandar said he initially thought that the warts were harmless but slowly as the growths covered his hands and feet, he was forced to quit working as a bicycle rickshaw puller.