A man from Bangladesh, called the “tree man,” underwent a successful surgery to remove the bark-like warts growing on his body—namely on his hands.
According to the AFP news agency, he might need several more operations. The first surgery on five fingers of his right hand was successfully done on Feb. 20
Doctors operated on Abul Bajandar’s right hand to remove some of the smaller growths, which is his second operation, Dhaka Medical College Hospital facility director Samanta Lal Sen told AFP.
He was taken to the hospital last month to finally get rid of some of the growths, which weigh at least 11 pounds. They first began appearing 10 years ago.
Bajandar is suffering from the extremely rare genetic condition called Epidermodysplasia Verruciformis, more more simply known as the “Tree Man” disease. The disease is caused by a defect in the immune system.
The Bangladesh government will bear the cost of Bajandar’s treatment until he returns to a healthy and normal life, the Dhaka Tribune reported.
“We removed some small warts from his palm. We also did dressing of his fingers, which were operated on last week. He’s now better,” Sen told AFP.
But Sen said Bajandar would need about 15 operations in all to get rid of the growths.
“I don’t think I can sleep tonight. For a poor fellow like me from a remote part of the country, this is too good to be true,” he told CNN.
Bajandar can’t perform any activities by himself, including eating, drinking, brushing his teeth, taking a shower, or other manual tasks. His wife and 3-year-old daughter help him.
“This is pretty much the only thing I can do with my hand,” Bajandra said, while scratching his neck. “I want to live like a normal person. I just want to be able to hold my daughter properly and hug her. It would be nice to eat with my own hands as well.”
After the operation, Bajandar said he’s determined to continue with the treatment.
“The first operation has given me hope,” he told AFP by phone from hospital.
“I don’t want to return to my village without clearing my hands and feet. I want to get back to my old life,” he added.
In Indonesia, a villager who made headlines with a similar condition underwent several operations to remove the warts in 2008. There are five people in all with the condition.
Dede Hoswara The Tree Man of Indonesia @ Hassan Sindinkin Hospital in Bandurk pic.twitter.com/JvK1L9egWp
— Adeshina Jagunmade (@Paj1idol) July 27, 2014