This Bangladeshi’s “tree man disease” came back, a year after receiving 24 surgeries that he thought cured him.
Abul Bajandar stated, “I already has 24 surgeries on my hand, it’s quite scary that it’s going back again and I have to go through more surgeries. I’m very scared.”
The 27-year-old lived with the rare condition for a decade. He thought he had fully recovered after his surgeries, which removed 11 pounds of bark-like growth. Medical professionals treated him for free because they were intrigued by his condition. His surgeon hailed his cure as a medical milestone, but he now admits the disease is more complicated.
The surgeon stated, “The process of Bajandar’s disease is a genetical disorder. This is natural that it will grow back every now and then. But the time the recurrence is not rapid like before. It’s happening but slowly.”
Fewer than half a dozen people around the world reportedly have epidermodysplasia verruciformis, which predisposes patients to widespread HPV infection, which causes the wart-like eruptions. Bajandar lives in the hospital with his wife and family and is worried about making money to pay for his daughter’s schooling. Hopefully more can be gleaned about this confusing disease in the near future.