‘Tree Man’ From Bangladesh Can See His Hands After a Year and 16 Surgeries
There are many rare and strange diseases in the world, but perhaps none quite so bizarre as a condition that can makes its victim resemble a tree.
Abul Bajandar, a 27-year-old from Bangladesh, was dubbed “Tree Man” by some because of his symptoms from epidermodysplasia verruciformis. The rare genetic disorder involves a high susceptibility to infections with certain types of human papillomavirus, or HPV, and a likelihood of developing skin tumors.
Bajandar is reportedly only the fourth person to ever be diagnosed with this condition. Another person with the disease, an Indonesian man named Dede Koswara, died last year in his 40s following a bout with multiple health problems.
Bajandar, meanwhile, is now able to see his hands again after one year and 16 surgeries to remove myriad warts from his hands and feet.
According to reports by The Telegraph and The Washington Post, Bajandar first began developing warts on his hands and feet in his teens, and sought local homeopathic and herbal remedies.
But Bajandar said these remedies worsened his condition. And the warts multiplied. By 25, Bajandar could not perform simple tasks such as feeding himself, and he was in pain.
Eventually, Bajandar was able to flag down a reporter covering municipal elections to tell of his plight. His condition was so odd and striking that his case soon gained international attention, and he was sent to Dhaka Medical College Hospital to be treated, gratis.
Since then, Bajandar has made remarkable progress: He reportedly can eat and write on his own, as well as hold his young daughter:
“Bajandar’s cure was a remarkable milestone in the history of medical science,” Samanta Lal Sen, plastic surgery coordinator at Dhaka Medical College Hospital, told Agence France-Presse. “The hands and feet are now almost fine.”
Sen added that Bajandar could be the first person to be cured of the disease. However, there is still a risk that the warts will grow back.
For now, though, Bajandar is happy to be free of the growths.
“I never thought I would ever be able to hold my kid with my hands,” he told AFP. “I can’t wait to go back home.”