Bangladeshi ‘Tree Man’ no longer cripple, regains full use of hands
Jan 11, 2017 12:47 PM EST
The Bangladeshi man, who made headlines last year for the unnatural growths on his hands that earned him the label "Tree Man," has finally regained full use of both hands.
Abul Bajandar, a 27-year-old father who resides in Bangladesh, worked as rickshaw driver to earn for his family. His condition is a rare one and is titled "Epidermodysplasia Verruciformis". The medical condition is characterized by wart-like growths on the limbs that greatly resemble tree branches.
When the media's attention was drawn to him, he gained plenty of sympathies and the Bangladeshi government even offered to fully cover the cost of the surgeries he needed, according to BBC News reports. He is reported to be one of only four cases of "tree disease" in the world.
Abul suffered from wart-like growths since his teenage years. Initially, he made attempts at cutting them off but the process was far too painful. The pursuing treatment proved futile as the costs in India were greater than he could afford.
Within the past year, Abul has undergone 16 surgeries and shed nearly 11 pounds of wart growths. Although he is still recovering, he can make full use of his limbs even to the extent of writing and eating. An ecstatic Abul delightfully held his baby daughter and played with her for the first time in years.
The surgery's success is apparent but doctors are waiting to see if the growths return until they claim it to be a complete success. The medical practitioners believe that the disease is triggered by a deficiency in the immune system.
Abul states that his hands felt very heavy and his movement was hampered. His clumsiness had cost him his job but now that they have been successfully removed, we can hope to see him back at work to provide for his family.
Doctors confirm that Bajandar is in "very good shape".