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23 January, 2019 10:01:37 AM

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9-man medical board formed for ‘tree man’

STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka
9-man medical board formed for ‘tree man’

A nine-member medical board was formed yesterday at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) for Abul Bajandar, 28, also known as the ‘tree man’. He is suffering from an extremely rare genetic disease called ‘epidermodysplasia verruciformis’.

Bajandar has a very rare skin disorder on his hands and feet. He was admitted to the Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery at the DMCH on January 20.

DMCH sources said the medical board, led by Dr Abul Kamal, director of DMCH’s burn and plastic surgery unit, had been formed to resume Bajandar’s treatment. Dr Kamal told The Independent that Bajandar should undergo five to six more surgeries for a stable condition. “We have taken some new decisions for his treatment. Several tests are needed. Once those tests are done, we will start the process very soon,” he said.

Other doctors of the board are Dr Khan Abul Kalam Azad, chief of the medicine department; Dr Samanta Lal Sen, chief coordinator of the burn unit; Dr Sajjad Khandokar, Dr Raihana Awal, Dr Muhammad Nawazes Khan and Dr Lutfar Kader Lenin. All of them are doctors of the DMCH.

In May last year, Bajandar returned to his home in Paikgachha of Khulna, abandoning hopes of a full recovery. He had undergone 26 surgeries spanning two and a half years.

“His case is very complicated. I requested him not to leave the hospital. He came back to the hospital on Sunday with his mother. He it was rather late. His condition has become worse now. The lesions have grown to be one-inch in size. The warts have spread to his feet and other parts of his body,” said Dr Samanta Lal Sen. Bajandar first noticed the lesions

when he was 10 years old. Over time, they have completely covered his hands. Before the surgeries, Bajandar could not eat, drink, brush his teeth or take a shower by himself. In 2017, the surgeries had improved his condition, enabling him to eat and write with his hands. Now, more treatment would be needed.

The government bore the cost of his treatment in 2016 after he came under the spotlight when media reports were published following his admission to DMCH on January 30, 2016. At that time, he was the fourth person recorded in the world to have the disease.

BK

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