A man from Bangladesh, called the “tree man,” underwent a successful surgery to remove the bark-like warts growing on his body—namely on his hands.
According to the AFP news agency, he might need several more operations. The first surgery on five fingers of his right hand was successfully done on Feb. 20
Doctors operated on Abul Bajandar’s right hand to remove some of the smaller growths, which is his second operation, Dhaka Medical College Hospital facility director Samanta Lal Sen said.
He was taken to the hospital last month to finally get rid of some of the growths, which weigh at least 11 pounds. They first began appearing 10 years ago.
Bajandar is suffering from the extremely rare genetic condition calledEpidermodysplasia Verruciformis, more more simply known as the “Tree Man” disease. The disease is caused by a defect in the immune system.
The Bangladesh government will bear the cost of Bajandar’s treatment until he returns to a healthy and normal life, the Dhaka Tribune reported.
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.
“We removed some small warts from his palm. We also did dressing of his fingers, which were operated on last week. He’s now better,” Sen said.
But Sen said Bajandar would need about 15 operations in all to get rid of the growths.