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A Khulna man is becoming tree
Admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital
Published :Sunday, 31 January, 2016,  Time : 4:44 PM  View Count : 37
Staff Correspondent
Khulna's Abul Bajandar, 25, dubbed as tree-man because of wart-like lesions growing from his hands and feet was admitted to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) on Saturday.
He has been suffering from a disease known as Epidermodysplasia Verruciformis - a rare and inherited skin disorder - for the past seven years.
The on duty doctors visited Bajandar at the Burn Unit, where he had been admitted on Saturday. They have initially examined him. After primary check up of his syndromes, the doctors of DMCH have decided to form a medical board of experts for his treatment.
The medical board will be formed soon for the treatment of the patient who was attacked by the rare disease, Chief Coordinator of National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery of the DMCH Dr Samanta Lal Sen announced on Saturday after his initial visit to the patient.
According to the Bajander's family, the rickshaw puller was previously taken to the Gazi Medical College Hospital in Khulna.
According to local reports, the original tree-man Dede Koswara, of Indonesia, died on Saturday. Local newspaper the reported that it wasn't the disease to cause his death.
In 2008 the Discovery Channel told the story of Koswara. In the programme, he returned home from hospital after having six kilo warts surgically removed from his body.
An American doctor had previously said the warts were the result of severe Human Pappiloma Virus (HPV) infection and doctors thought his type was the worst in the world.
The father-of-two first noticed the warts on his body after cutting his knee as a teenager.
He was later sacked from his job and shunned by neighbours when the branch-like growths covered much of his body and stopped him from working.
At the time it was reported that he would need at least two operations every year.
Previously, Koswara was forced to take part in a circus act in Bandung in order to make ends meet. But once his case was publicised donations from the public began to flood in for his treatment.

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