For the last 10 years, a man in Bangladesh named Abul Bajandar has lived with a rare skin disorder which caused giant warts to grow on his hands and feet. These warts look just like the bark of a tree, which was why he was given the nickname of “Tree Man.” When Bajandar first noticed these unusual growths, he didn’t think too much of them. But they eventually got so big that they became debilitating and painful. This caused him to lose his rickshaw driving job and just ultimately lowered his quality of life.
In February of 2016, Bajandar began a long series of surgical procedures to remove these oversized warts from his hands and feet. He would end up getting 16 surgeries over the course of the year until he was able to regain the use of his hands again. While he still has many more surgeries still scheduled, he is expected to be released from the hospital after living there for almost one year.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Bajandar said that he feels a lot better now and that he’s happy that he can finally hold his daughter on his lap. The surgeries were performed at Dhaka Medical College Hospital and was managed by the chief plastic surgeon, Dr. Samanta Lal Sen. If the remaining surgeries continue to be successful, this will be the first known case on record where someone suffering from epidermodysplasia verruciformis was actually cured of the disease.
There are only four people in the world who have been diagnosed with this rare genetic disease and Bajandar is one of them. It is commonly called the tree-man disease because of the tree-like wart growths that form on the limbs. Doctors say that this disease occurs when there’s a certain defect in someone’s immune system.