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Bangladesh ‘Tree man’ regains use of his hand after 16 surgeries

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A Bangladesh man dubbed the tree man because of the bark-like growth that once covered his body will soon be able to leave hospital after the treatment for one of the world’s rarest diseases, The Guardian reported.

Abul Bajandar has undergone 16 surgeries to remove 5 kg of growth from his hands and feet since the doctors noticed the rare disease a year ago.

Bajandar was diagnosed with epidermodysplasia verruciformis, a rare, autosomal recessive inherited skin disorder characterised by eruptions of wart-like lesions that may occur anywhere on the body.

Only four people in the world are diagnosed with the ‘tree man’ disease.

Source: Independent

“Bajandar’s cure was a remarkable milestone in the history of medical science,” AFP quoted Samanta Lal Sen, plastic surgery coordinator at Dhaka Medical College hospital, as saying.

“We operated on him at least 16 times to remove the warts. The hands and feet are now almost fine. He will be discharged within the next 30 days after a couple of minor surgeries to perfect the shape of his hands,” Sen added.

Abul Bajandar will be the first person to be cured of the disease.

In February 2016, Dede Koswara, an Indonesian man, died after a long battle with the rare genetic condition.