“Tree Man” Getting “Branches” Removed for Free
Abul Bajandra‘s life sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie. The 30-year-old from Bangladesh suffers from a rare disease that causes wart-like lesions that look like tree branches to grow on his hands and feet.
Bajandra first noticed the warts growing when he was 10 and tried to cut them off himself. Now, he has one of the most extreme cases of the disease on record. Bajandra had to give up his job as a rickshaw driver when his conditioned worsened and now he can’t even brush his own teeth, clean or feed himself.
Surgeons in Dhaka, the country’s capital, heard of Bajandra’s plight and are offering to do a removal surgery for free. “The surgery is a lengthy process and will involve many [operations],” Lal Sen, the chief-coordinator of the surgery at the Dhaka hospital, told CNN. “The whole process can take up to six months.” Both doctors and the patient are optimistic.