Abul Bahandar, 28, is a Bangladeshi man known as the “Tree Man” because of a rare syndrome called epidermodysplasia verruciformis, a genetic condition also known as “tree man syndrome.”
Bajandar said he wanted his hands amputated to relieve him of unbearable pain. He has had 25 operations since 2016 to remove growths from his hands and feet. But the growths have only continued to spread and get larger, the 28-year-old says.
“I cannot bear the pain anymore, I can’t sleep at night,” he told the Agence France Presse news agency. “I asked the doctors to cut off my hands so I can at least get some relief.”
Amina Bibi, his mother¸ supported the plea. “At least he will be free of pain. It’s a hellish condition,” she told AFP.
Bajandar said he wanted to go abroad for better treatment, but he does not have the money to cover the expenses.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina promised free treatment for Bajandar after his plight made national and international headlines.