‘Tree man’ finally has surgery to have branch-like warts removed from his hands after suffering for 10 YEARS.
Nine doctors worked for three and a half hours to remove the giant warts from Abul Bajandar’s right hand at Dhaka Medical College Hospital, Bangladesh.
“It was a successful operation. We removed warts from all five fingers of his right hand. He’s now happy and was laughing,” director Samanta Lal Sen said.
“We’ll now review his condition for the next three weeks before deciding whether to conduct more operations. It’s a big challenge.”
Bajandar, from the southern district of Khulna, was diagnosed with epidermodysplasia verruciformis, an extremely rare genetic condition dubbed “tree-man disease” that causes the skin growths.
He became a celebrity with people travelling to Khulna over the years to see the “Tree Man” and hundreds visiting him in hospital.
Bajandar 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”.
Hospital director Sen said there were only three known cases of epidermodysplasia verruciformis in the world and Bajandar’s was the only one in Bangladesh.