Bangladesh's 'tree man' is back in hospital and in need of more surgeries

The disease, which causes lesions that look similar to branches of a tree, is extremely rare and only a handful of cases have been reported around the world. 


                            Bangladesh's 'tree man' is back in hospital and in need of more surgeries
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A man from Bangladesh who suffers from a very rare genetic disease called the 'treeman syndrome' is now back in the hospital after the condition recurred despite several corrective surgeries in 2016. 

Twenty eight-year-old Abul Bajandar, from a small town in southern Bangladesh, had initially made headlines around the world three years ago when he had to undergo several very complex surgeries in order to remove lesions which look similar to branches of a tree emerging from his hands and feet.

The rare condition is scientifically known as 'epidermodysplasia verruciformis' and Bajandar has lived with the condition for more than two decades. 



 

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As a result of the disease, Abul has extreme wart-like growths all across his body. The condition is caused due to a defect in the immune system which tends to increase a person's susceptibility to HPV, or human papillomavirus, and which can lead to serious HPV infections, skin lesions and an increased risk of developing melanoma skin cancer.

The disease is extremely rare and only a handful of cases have been reported around the world. 

According to doctors who spoke to CNN, Bajandar has had over 25 surgeries since 2016 but chose to skip further treatment in May last year.

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Dr. Samanta Lal Sen who is the coordinator at the Burn and Plastic Surgery Unit of Dhaka Medical College and Hospital shared, "It's a complicated case and we were making progress but he left to go home. I requested him many times to come back but he didn't. He came back to the hospital on Sunday with his mother. He should have come here six months back. He came too late."



 

Bajandar's condition seems to have worsened and the lesions on his hands have grown to around one inch long.

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The doctors revealed that the warts have spread to his feet as well as other parts of his body. Sen's team is currently working on a plan for his future treatment as he will need around five to six operations more. Samanta also shared that Abul had first noticed the lesions when he was 10-years-old. 



 

As time went by, his growths totally took over his hands and deprived him of his livelihood as a rickshaw driver. Before the surgeries took place in 2016, he was not able to eat, drink, brush, or even take a shower by himself.

At the time, he told CNN, "I want to live like a normal person. I just want to be able to hold my daughter properly and hug her."