In Bangladesh, a man known throughout the world as “Tree Man” is reclaiming his life. The 27-year-old Abul Bajandar had lost the use of his hands because of the tree bark-like growths from his fingers, palms and feet. But, all that has changed thanks to a multitude of surgeries.
Bajandar suffers from a very rare disease called epidermodysplasia verruciformis. It is a defect in the immune system that makes a person highly susceptible to HPV, or human papilloma virus. And, in effect, the warts would grow to such a size that Bajandar’s hands and feet became completely covered.
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But all that has changed thanks to 16 surgeries that began in February 2016. He is due for more surgeries and then the hospital will release him. The chief plastic surgeon at Dhaka Medical College Hospital, Dr. Samanta Lal Sen, said her patient is in “very good shape.”
As such, Dr. Sen’s patient can now can eat and write again using his own hands. The other procedures are cosmetic and, in the words of the doctor, for “beautification.” Dr. Sen removed a whopping 11 pounds of warts from Bajandar, Fox News noted.
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Reportedly, Bajandar started to notice the lesions when he was just 10-years old. And then, as time went by, the growths grew. Bajandar had to stop his livelihood as a rickshaw driver. The situation became so desperate that Bajandar could only manage to scratch his neck using his hands. Everything from eating to showering by himself became impossible, CNN reported.
At the same time, international media caught wind of his situation and made his story the stuff of headlines. “I want to live like a normal person. I just want to be able to hold my daughter properly and hug her,” the man formerly known as Tree Man said.
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