Ever seen children wearing a tree costume and wagging their hands as if they were real branches? You might have really found that amusing and cute, but what if these branches weren’t made of paper or cardboard and were real?
Epidermodysplasia Verruciformis (EV) is a rare skin condition in which there are multiple papules or warts growing on the skin resembling the bark of a tree, because of which the syndrome is called the Treeman syndrome. This disease is genetic in nature and is very rare. The victims suffer in pain because of the growth of lesions and cutaneous tumours. This increases the chances of skin cancer on the patient.
EV makes the immune system very weak and so, patients become a victim of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). The early signs include growth of flat warts that appear on areas like hands, neck, torso or feet. With time, they spread and appear like tree branches. Sadly, there is no definite treatment for this condition, but doctors have tested and found out that cryotherapy, retinoid and skin creams can cure the disease up to some extent. Other than this, multiple surgeries are always done to remove extra skin growth.
Abul Bajandar, a 29-year-old man from Bangladesh is currently suffering from EV and has demanded his hands to be amputated because he can’t bear the pain anymore. After the case came into notice, several medical agencies from Bangladesh and outside have examined his condition and he has undergone 25 operations so far, after which the doctors believed they have cured him. But alas! His disease relapsed last year in May and now after bearing immense pain and spending countless sleepless nights, he has come to this decision of his hands being cut off from rest of his body. The doctors at Dhaka Medical College Hospital have agreed to him but they want to perform several other tests before they perform the surgery. Abul wanted to go abroad for his treatment, but his financial condition hasn’t allowed him to do that. After this ‘tree man from Bangladesh’ made international headlines, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has promised him the best treatment possible in the country for no cost.
Several other people from around the world have suffered the same condition. Ion Toader from Romania, Dede Koswara from Indonesia(also documented by Discovery and TLC channels), Sahana Khatun from Bangladesh and Mohammed Taluli from Jerusalem are some of them who have diagnosed with the Treeman syndrome and have been either treated with multiple surgeries or have died an unfortunate death.
How amazing is this world? And how we live taking every day for granted without knowing that there are people out there who curse this life. Who are in unbearable pain and are not sleeping unlike us, because they keep thinking where nature went wrong, for it confused a man with a tree.
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