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'Tree man’ Abul undergoes successful second surgery

Update : 27 Feb 2016, 12:13 PM

Second surgery of the Bangladeshi “Tree Man,” Abul Bajandar has been successfully completed at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).

This time the surgery has been carried out to the upper side of Abul's right hand wrist and the palm of his right hand.

The surgery was conducted from 12pm to 2:30pm on Saturday led by the DMCH burn and plastic surgery department head Md Abul Kalam who is also the chief of the nine members medical board assigned for Abul.

Earlier, the first surgery of Abul's five fingers of his right hand was successfully done on February 20.

Professor Md Abul Kalam told the Dhaka Tribune: "We need to move slowly and carefully. We think we need around 15 surgeries for Abul."

“Everything is going well till now. Abul Bajandar still feels good and does not face any other problem,” he added.

The government will bear all cost of Abul Bajandar’s treatment until he returns to a healthy and normal life.

Abul, 26, who was admitted to DMCH on January 30, has been suffering from an extremely rare genetic skin disease epidermodysplasia verruciformis, which is also referred to as “Tree Man Disease.”

The disease is caused by a defect in the immune system.

It causes abnormal susceptibility to human papilloma viruses (HPVs), which eventually leads to the overgrowth of scaly macules and papules, especially on the feet and hands.

Abul is the fifth person in the world reported to be suffering from the disease.

The others are Ion Toader, Dede Kosawa, Zainal and Ivan. Dede and Zainal hail from the same area in Indonesia. Ivan is from Netherlands but his father grew up in Indonesia while Toader is a Romanian.

Except Toader, the other three have genetic roots in West Java.

The problem with “Tree Man Disease” is that there is still no cure.

The warts can be surgically removed but they will grow back, sometimes faster, as in the case of Dede Kosawa, who appeared in a Discovery channel documentary “Treeman: Search for the Cure.”

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