Abul Bajandar is a native of Khulna, Bangladesh. He is suffering from a rare genetic skin disease, epidermodysplasia verruciformis, also known as tree-man disease. The disease is caused by a defect in the immune system which causes severe Human Pappiloma Virus (HPV) infection.
Abul, who was a rickshaw driver by profession, lost his ability to work due the disease. This is the fourth case of tree-man disease reported. The first notable case was, reported in 2007, of Ion Toader. Toader underwent the surgery and is 95% cured.
The warts began to appear on his hands when he was ten years old. He tried to get rid of the warts by himself but was unsuccessful. He tried few other treatments but the condition deteriorated. His warts currently weigh more than 5 kgs. Because of his condition, Abul has garnered attention and has had number of visitors who want to meet the tree-man.
The family has already spent TK 2 lakhs on his treatment but also got support from outsider. Abul’s wife, Amena Begum, told media “People helped us a lot by lending money.” However, the family was not be able to afford expensive treatment because of shortage of money.
Recorded as one of the most severe cases till-date, a team of doctors at DHMC are all set to carry out the operation for free. Tests are carried out to ensure Mr. Bajandar’s root-like warts can be removed surgically without damaging major nerves or causing any other health problems. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that the operation will be successful. Dede Koswara, tree-man from Indonesia, had such poor immunity that he contracted a yeast infection after the surgery. He has not been able to fully recover.
We hope Abul Bajandar’s surgery is successful and he recovers soon.