A Bangladeshi man who had been nicknamed “Tree Man” because of some massive bark-like warts on his hands and feet will now get surgery to remove the warts that first began to appear 10 years ago. He has been undergoing medical preparations to get ready for the surgery.
“Initially, I thought that they’re harmless,” the 26-year-old man told AFP at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH)
“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 had to quit working as a bicycle puller.
Adhuri Bibi, Bajandar‘s elder sister said that hundreds of people have visited their home in Khulna over the years to see the “Tree Man”.
The 26-year-old man said he had tried to cut off the warts when they first appeared but the pain was excruciating. He visited some herbal clinics but the treatment only made things worst.
Medical tests are being run to ensure Bajandar’s root-like warts can be removed surgically without damaging major nerves or causing any other health problems and damage to his body.
The huge warts made their first appearance when he was a teenager but they started spreading with full speed four years ago. He has been diagnosed to have a rare genetic disorder known a epidermodysplasia verruciformis, that makes the person open to skin growths. “Popularly it is known as tree-man disease,” DMCH director Samanta Lal Sen said.
“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.
An Indonesian villager with massive warts all over his body underwent a string of operations in 2008 to remove them.
A team of doctors will be performing the operation at DMCH, Bangladesh’s largest state-run hospital and the good news is that they have decided to waive the costs of the treatment. This is good for the man with the ‘tree man disease’ because financial restrictions stopped him from getting treatment in the past.