Abul Bajandar of Bangladesh, dubbed Tree Man for the massive bark-like warts on his hands and feet, sits at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital in January 2016. (Munir Uz Zaman/AFP/Getty Images)
When the warts first appeared in his teens, speckling his hands and feet, Abul Bajandar wasn’t concerned.
Cutting away the unsightly growths himself was too painful, he told AFP, so Bajandar sought medication from a homeopath and herbal specialist in his poor, coastal Bangladeshi village. That just made them worse.
But it wasn’t until his early 20s, after he’d worked for years as a rickshaw driver and married his wife, that the warts took on a bark-like appearance and began to rapidly multiply.
By age 25, his hands looked like an overgrown bramble.
People began calling him “Tree Man.”
He could not work, or feed himself, or brush his own teeth. Bajandar was in pain. His family, which had consulted doctors in India …