Abul Bajandar, 27, will soon be able to leave hospital after groundbreaking treatment for a condition called epidermodysplasia verruciformis. A FATHER dubbed the “Tree Man” because of the huge bark-like warts that once covered his body can hold his daughter again after 16 surgeries. According to Bajandar, the pain of his condition had been “unbearable.”
The Sun reports:
The former rickshaw driver is one of only four people in the world ever to be diagnosed with the rare genetic condition – called epidermodysplasia verruciformis.
Speaking from his bed at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital, Abul said the pain of his condition had been “unbearable”.
“I never thought I would ever be able to hold my kid with my hands,” he said.
“Now I feel so much better, I can hold my daughter in my lap and play with her. I can’t wait to go back home.”
Abul, who comes from a poor village in the southern coastal district of Khulna, became well-known after his condition was widely covered in international media.
He met his wife Halima Khatun before he contracted the disease, but it had taken hold by the time they married, against her parents’ wishes.
All three have lived in the hospital since he was admitted for the first surgery nearly a year ago.
Surgeons believe Abul could be the first person to be cured of the disease, provided the warts do not grow back.
“Bajandar’s cure was a remarkable milestone in the history of medical science,” said plastic surgeon Samanta Lal Sen.
“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 next 30 days after a couple of minor surgeries to perfect the shape of his hands.”