‘Tree Man’| A man who has disorder of tree-like growth on his body | back in hospital after 25 surgeries

The Hush Post | 8:13 pm | Two-minute read

Abul Bajandar from Bangladesh is again making the headlines. Touted as the ‘Tree Man’, the 28-year-old is facing a hard time at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital.

Bajandar suffers from an extremely rare genetic disease known as “tree man” syndrome. The disease, in medical terms, is known as epidermodysplasia verruciformis (EV). This is an extremely rare condition which has resulted in extreme wart-like growths across his body.

The disease is so rare only a handful of cases have been reported around the world.

In 2016, Bajandar underwent a series of complex operations to remove lesions which resemble tree branches from his hands and feet.  Bajandar first noticed the lesions when he was 10. In due course of time, the growths completely encompassed his hands, stealing his livelihood as a rickshaw driver and making him the subject of international news.

Doctors at Burn and Plastic Surgery Unit of Dhaka Medical College and Hospital informed that Bajandar has undergone more than 25 surgeries since 2016. He skipped out of further treatment in May after he was able to use his hands.

“He came back to the hospital on Sunday with his mother. He should have come here six months back. He came too late,” CNN quoted a doctor as saying.

This time around, Bajandar’s condition has worsened. He has developed around one-inch lesions on his hands. The warts have also spread to his feet and other parts of his body.

Bajandar needs to undergo around five to six more surgeries to recover.

The government bore the expenditure of his treatment in 2016 and doctors say that the help will continue for further surgeries.

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