By Bunmi Adigunn @Bunmi_Adigun

A YOUNG man nicknamed the ‘Tree Man’ from Bangladesh is now able to feed himself for the first time in almost a decade, thanks to surgeons freeing his hand of bark like growths

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Abul Bajandar,25, has been struggling with the condition for a decade

Suffering from the extremely rare condition known as Epidermodysplasia Verruciformis, Abul Bajandar, 25, has been struggling with the growths since he was 15 years old.

Abul’s extraordinary story is featured in this week’s episode of the Body Bizarre series on TLC UK. 

He said: ”It makes me so uncomfortable, restless, that I cannot stand or sit in one place. It just drives me crazy.”

Epidermodysplasia Verruciformis causes tumours and warts to appear all over the body

The condition, which is a virus, causes tumours and warts to appear all over the body as well as increase the production of keratin, the substance nails are made from.

Abul along with his mother, wife and daughter, travelled by bus for a gruelling six hours from their rural village to the capital, Dhaka, to receive medical help.

The bark like growths on his body are made from keratin, the same substance nails are made from

Abul’s mother said: “I came all the way to Dhaka to get the best possible treatment for Abul.”

“If my son gets well, he’ll be able to look after us, raise his daughter, earn his living and mingle with everyone else,” she added.

Abul made a gruelling bus journey with his family to Dhaka to undergo surgery

Although extremely rare, Abul is not the first person to have such a dramatic reaction to the virus.

Dede Koswara, a man from Indonesia famously received worldwide recognition as the first tree man, and underwent surgery in an attempt to remove all his growths.

The surgeons working on Abul managed to free up all of his fingers on one hand

Armed with more knowledge about the condition, doctors treating Abul were confident about carrying out a surgical procedure, opting to operate on one of his hands, rather than a few fingers at a time.

Plastic surgeon, Dr Samanta Lal Sen was one of the surgeons that oversaw the operation on Abul.

He said: “We were planning to do only two fingers, but we have done five fingers. It’s beyond our expectation!”

The father-of-one was amazed at the result of the complex surgery and could feel the results immediately.

The father-of-one can now do basic tasks as a result of the life changing surgery
Abul's amazing story is featured in the new series of Body Bizarre

He said: “My hand feels a lot lighter now, since the operation.”

The 25-year-old’s wife added: “I’m relieved the surgery went well, the doctors wanted to operate on two fingers, but they were able to go for the whole hand.

“I’m happy to know that he will be able to return to his normal life.”

Abul’s story is the second episode in the new series of Body Bizarre, which airs in the UK on Thursday.

The episode also features Katelyn Payne, a 12-year-old from Durham who has become a model despite having alopecia, Jadielson and Madson, two brothers with a rare condition that has left them with tumours all over their bodies, and Ashley Kurpiel, a woman who is slowing turning into a living statue.

Body Bizarre is on Thursday October 6, 10pm on TLC.