Thursday, 6 October 2016

'Tree Man' of Bangladesh feeds himself for the first time after surgeons cut bark-like warts from his hand


 A  Bangladeshi man nicknamed the ‘Tree Man’ is now able to feed himself for the first time in almost a decade after surgeons freed one of his hands of bark-like growths .

Abul Bajandar, 25, has been struggling with the growths since he was 15 years old when he began to notice the extremely rare condition known as Epidermodysplasia Verruciformis.


He said: ”It makes me so uncomfortable, restless, that I cannot stand or sit in one place. It just drives me crazy.”

The condition, which is a virus, causes tumours and warts to appear all over the body as well as increasing the production of keratin, the substance nails are made from.

Abul along with his mother, wife and daughter, travelled by bus for a gruelling six hours from their rural village to the capital, Dhaka, to receive medical help.

Abul’s mother said: “I came all the way to Dhaka to get the best possible treatment for Abul.


“If my son gets well, he’ll be able to look after us, raise his daughter, earn his living and mingle with everyone else.”

Although extremely rare, Abul is not the first person to have such a dramatic reaction to the virus.

Abul along with his mother, wife and daughter, travelled by bus for a gruelling six hours from their rural village to the capital, Dhaka, to receive medical help.

Abul’s mother said: “I came all the way to Dhaka to get the best possible treatment for Abul.

“If my son gets well, he’ll be able to look after us, raise his daughter, earn his living and mingle with everyone else.”

Although extremely rare, Abul is not the first person to have such a dramatic reaction to the virus.

The father-of-one was amazed at the result of the complex surgery and could feel the results immediately.

He said: “My hand feels a lot lighter now, since the operation.”




The 25-year-old’s wife added: “I’m relieved the surgery went well, the doctors wanted to operate on two fingers, but they were able to go for the whole hand.

“I’m happy to know that he will be able to return to his normal life.”


The father-of-one was amazed at the result of the complex surgery and could feel the results immediately.

He said: “My hand feels a lot lighter now, since the operation.”

The 25-year-old’s wife added: “I’m relieved the surgery went well, the doctors wanted to operate on two fingers, but they were able to go for the whole hand.

“I’m happy to know that he will be able to return to his normal life.”
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