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Meet the man struggling with ‘tree roots’ growing all over his hands

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A BANGLADESHI man with massive bark-like warts on his hands and feet will finally have surgery to remove the growths that have troubled him for 10 years.

Abul Bajandar was dubbed the ‘Tree Man’ after the massive warts started growing exponentially four years ago.

A team of specialist doctors have been enlisted for the operation, which will be performed in Bangladesh’s largest state-run hospital free of cost.

The 26-year-old said he was undergoing preparations to see if the root-esque warts could be safely removed without causing further complications.

“Initially, I thought that they’re harmless,” he said.

“But slowly I lost all my ability to work. There are now dozens of two to three inch roots in both my hands. And there are some small ones in my legs.”

Abul Bajandar will finally have surgery on the bark-like warts on his hands. Picture: AFP

Abul Bajandar will finally have surgery on the bark-like warts on his hands. Picture: AFPSource:AFP

Hospital director Samanta Lal Sen said the massive 5kg growths are known as epidermodysplasia verruciformis — an extremely rare genetic skin disease making people susceptible to skin growths.

“Popularly it is known as tree-man disease,” he said.

“As far as we know there are three such cases in the world including Abul Bajandar.

“It is the first time we have found such a rare case in Bangladesh.”

An Indonesian villager with massive warts all over his body underwent a string of similar operations in 2008.

The warts have affected Abul Bajandar for the past ten years. Picture: Snapper Media

The warts have affected Abul Bajandar for the past ten years. Picture: Snapper MediaSource:Snapper Media