No matter how much we’d like to deny it, human beings are naturally fascinated by unusual things. It’s the reason why people love watching the Kardashian’s lives play out on screen, why Miley Cyrus is so popular and why documentaries about bizarre medial conditions are the lifeblood of many second rate TV stations.
One man who was propelled to fame by one such medical documentary was Abul Bajandar, otherwise known as tree man. Bajandar, 27, is a former rickshaw driver and lives in Bangladesh with his family. His unusual growths, caused by a rare condition known as epidermodysplasia verruciformis, made it look like he had a tree sprouting from his body.The virus causes tumours and warts to appear all over his body, with a particular concentration in the hand and feet areas. The virus also increases the production of keratin, the substance nails are made from, which produces the bizarre tree-like look.
After living with the condition for over a decade, Bajandar is finally free of his life-changing tumours thanks to 16 landmark operations.Bajandar is now finally free of the disfiguring tumours which once covered his body. In total, he’s had 5kg of excess tumours removed, and what a difference it’s made. Before the surgery, Bajandra could not eat, drink, brush his teeth or even shower by himself. As he told CNN last year: “I want to live like a normal person. I just want to be able to hold my daughter properly and hug her.”Now, he can do all of those things and more, meaning he’s able to care for his daughter like any parent should be able to. Dr Samanta Lal Sen, chief plastic surgeon at Dhaka Medical College Hospital, told CNN that Bajandar is recovering, but is in “very good shape”.
Bajandar told AFP news agency: “I never thought I would ever be able to hold my kid with my hands. Now I feel so much better. I can hold my daughter in my lap and play with her. I can’t wait to go back home.”Thankfully, Bajandar’s condition was eventually cured thanks to the work of skilled surgeons. However, for other people around the world suffering from incredibly rare conditions, things aren’t looking quite so positive.