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Bangladeshi 'tree man' gets surgery

Saturday, March 12, 2016 - 00:54

A Bangladeshi man with a rare disease that's covered his hands with tree-bark like growths has undergone surgery.

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A 26-year-old Bangladeshi man has undergone the first of several surgeries to help cure his condition, a rare skin disease known as "tree man illness". The disorder creates warts on the patient's body that resemble tree bark. Abul Bajandar is being treated by a team of doctors to remove, and hopefully cure, the disease. (SOUNDBITE)(English) PLASTIC SURGEON, SAMANTA LAL SEN, SAYING: "We operated on him once and we may be operate more ten to twelve operations. In the meantime we sent the tissue, culture & blood to America for some sort of diagnosis and waiting for this. Our final goal is to operate on both hand and to stop the recurrence of the disease." Local media say a team of nine doctors operated for about three hours. Bajandar is believed to be the fourth person in the world to suffer from the disease.

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Bangladeshi 'tree man' gets surgery

Saturday, March 12, 2016 - 00:54