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Nine doctors perform successful surgery on Bangladeshi "tree man"

Health & Science

A nine-member medical team on Saturday operated on the right hand of a Bangladeshi man whose hands and feet have grown to resemble gnarled tree branches.

Abul Bajandar underwent his first surgery successfully at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) Saturday.

"We operated on Bajandar's right hand and the surgery was a success," Samanto Lal Sen, director of the 100 Bed Burn Unit Project at the DMCH, told journalists.

He said Bajandar's future operations will be conducted gradually.

Md Abul Kalam, professor and head of the Department of Burn and Plastic Surgery and Project, led the nine-member team performing the operation for about four hours starting at around 10:30 a.m. (local time) Saturday.

Bajandar over the past 20 years has been suffering from the rare disease called epidermodysplasia verruciformis, which has tree trunk-like warts, almost weighing four kg on both his hands and feet.

The rare disorder is also known as "tree man" disease.

Bajandar got admitted to the DMCH on Jan. 30.

He is said to be the fourth man in the world with the illness which makes the functionality of his limbs severely limited.

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