Abul Bajandar is set to undergo major surgery to have a number of massive, bark-like warts removed from his hands, legs and feet. The 26-year-old, who you may know better as the ‘Tree man’, suffers from epidermodysplasia verruciformis, an incredibly rare skin disease that makes the person susceptible to unusual growths. As far as we know, only two other people on the planet have been diagnosed with the condition.
Bajandar, who comes from Khulna, Bangladesh, says he used to try to cut the warts off himself when they first started appearing a decade ago, a painful process that was never going to work out in the long term. Four years ago, he says they started spreading rapidly, forcing Bajandar out of work. Some of his growths weigh over 5kg.
He also tried herbal medicines, which he says worsened the condition, because he simply wasn’t able to afford surgery in India. Now, however, Bangladesh’s largest state-run hospital DMCH has offered to waive the costs of the operation, and is currently conducting tests to ensure Bajandar’s warts can be removed surgically without causing nerve damage. Best of luck to everybody involved. [Guardian]