16 operations for rare skin diseases: “Baummann” will soon be able to go home
Abul Bajandar has an extremely rare skin disease. In the spring of last year it was reported that the patient with the so-called "Baum-Mann disease" is a little better. Now the 27-year-old from Bangladesh is about to be discharged from the hospital - after 16 operations.
Extremely rare genetic skin disease
27-year-old Abul Bajandar from Bangladesh suffers from the extremely rare, genetically determined skin disease Epidermodysplasia verruciformis, which is associated with an increased susceptibility to human papillomavirus (HPV). As a result of HPV infections, scaly patches of skin and nodules, especially on the hands and feet, can occur, some of which can take on gigantic proportions. After it was reported in the spring of last year that the patient's treatment had shown initial success, he is now about to be discharged from the clinic.
Patient can go home soon
Abul Bajandar, known worldwide as "Baummann" for bark-like growths on his hands and feet, will soon be released from the hospital after 16 operations, according to a report by the AFP news agency.
The surgeon Samanta Lal Sen therefore announced that the patient could go home within the next four weeks. Bajandar's hands and feet are said to be "almost well". According to the information, only minor interventions are necessary to “perfect the shape of his hands”.
Five kilograms of excess tissue removed
The doctors in the Dhaka University Clinic freed the hands and feet of the former rickshaw driver of five kilograms of superfluous tissue in the elaborate treatment that was free of charge for him.
In connection with the successful treatment, the medical doctor Sen spoke of a "milestone in the history of medicine". If the growths do not reappear, Bajandar would be the first person to be cured of the disease.
Last year, a man in Indonesia had died of the genetic skin disease.
Hopefully the "curse" won't come back
Bajandar has been living in the clinic with his wife and three-year-old daughter for almost a year and is looking forward to returning to his home village in the Khulna district.
"I never thought that I could ever take my child with my hands," said the 27-year-old, who still has a bandaged hand, according to a report by the British Guardian. "Now I'm much better, I can put my daughter on my lap and play with her. I can't wait to go home. "
"He is probably the most popular and longest patient here," said Nurun Nahar, a medical doctor.
Bajandar, who has become a small celebrity due to his illness, now wants to start his own business with donations that he received from benefactors from all over the world. Before that, he was "so worried" about his daughter's future, but now he hopes the "curse" won't come back. (ad)