For the past seven years, a Bangladesh man named Abul Bajandar, who has been dubbed “tree-man”, has had wart-like growths spreading from his hands and feet. The 26-year-old, suffers from epidermodysplasia verruciformis, an rare skin disease that makes the person susceptible to unusual growths resembling tree branches.
“At first I thought they were benign”, the patient told AFP at Medical College Hospital (DMCH) Dhaka, capital of Bangladesh.
The former ricksaw-van puller added that he has slowly lost all his ability to work. “There are now dozens of 2in-3in roots in both my hands, and there are some small ones in my leg”.
Bajandar is awaiting the results of medical tests to insure that surgically removing the root-like warts will not damage any major nerves or cause any other health problems.
The case to help Abul has gone to a board of medical experts.
In 2008, an Indonesian man went through a string of operations to remove massive warts from all over his body.
“Popularly it is known as tree-man disease”, DMCH director Samanta Lal Sen said.
Just 16 when the warts first started to appear, Bajandar tried to cut them off himself at the time.
Epidermodysplasia Verruciformis is a rare hereditary condition, often causing skin tumors and chracterised by an “unusual susceptibility to infection with specific types of human papillomavirus” according to the US National Library of Medicine. The family had consulted doctors in India, but could not afford the cost of operation here.